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Idaho: Gun Rights Restoration Bill Headed to General Order!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Please Contact Your State Legislators!

House Bill 631 passed out of the House State Affairs Committee today, March 18 and will advance to General Order where it will be amended with language approved by the courts, clarifying the true intent of the bill.  HB 631 is designed to create an Idaho state law that meets the requirements set in the Federal NICS Improvement Act of 2007 to grant relief from mental health disabilities that prevent firearms ownership.  

State Representative Raul Labrador (R-14) stood strong to heavy questioning from hostile members of the committee, the representative from the Idaho State Police, and the representative from the Attorney Generals Health and Welfare division.  He did an excellent job of answering their questions to defend this valuable piece of legislation for the people of Idaho.  Even though the state police heavily opposed this measure, HB 631 still benefits them through the ability to report mental deficiencies to the NCIS database and possibly gain federal funding.

People who have been placed under certain types of mental health orders are banned by Federal law from possessing firearms.  HB 631’s language is essential to providing the return of an enumerated constitutional right to someone who, under review, has been declared fit to possess a firearm.  It benefits both citizens and state, and fully complies with the guidelines set forth by the Federal government.

The Federal NICS Improvement Act of 2007 (NIAA) set clear minimum standards for states to craft their laws to provide relief.  House Bill 631 would implement the criteria set in the 2007 NIAA and grant the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification authority to transmit information concerning disqualified persons to the federal databases.

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB 631 ONLY with the NRA-backed amendment in the General Order.   For contact information for your State Representative click here.

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