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Idaho: Governor Signs Range Protection Bill!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thank You for Your Hard Work and Support!

Yesterday, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) signed House Bill 194, the “Idaho Sport Shooting Immunities Act (IDSSIA),” into law.

Sponsored by State Representative Marc Gibbs (R-31), will HB194 protect existing shooting ranges and increase opportunities for recreational shooters and hunters to practice on safe and monitored ranges.  Many shooting ranges require range officers to operate and most range officers are volunteers.  Currently, in Idaho there is a shortage of range officers because people who would volunteer are afraid of being sued.  This bill will provide those volunteers the protection they need from frivolous lawsuits, so they can help ranges operate safely.  In addition, HB194 will also protect government entities involved in creating and operating shooting ranges, encouraging them to open more ranges. 

Limiting the liability of shooting range operators, firearms instructors, and those involved in running matches and other events, will help save existing ranges from being forced to close and protect those involved with running ranges from frivolous lawsuits.  HB194 ensures that a range officer will not be bankrupted by a frivolous suit simply for volunteering his valuable time. 

Thank you to all of the NRA members who answered the call to act in support of HB194.  Without you, this victory would not have been possible.

To see if your state legislators voted for the bill, please click
here.  If they did, please contact them and thank them for supporting HB194.  Please click here to identify your state legislators or to find contact information.  Also,
please take the time to thank Governor Otter for signing HB194.  The Governor can be reached by phone at 208-334-2100 or visit http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html to send email.

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