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Idaho: Pro-Gun Legislation to Receive Senate Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Idaho: Pro-Gun Legislation to Receive Senate Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, at 8:00 A.M., the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee will be holding a hearing on NRA-backed House Bill 301.  As previously reported, HB 301 seeks to reform Idaho's confusing and unwieldy concealed weapons licensing statute to remove inherent ambiguities and provide explicit statutory guidance for citizens and law enforcement alike.  

The purpose of this legislation is to re-codify existing law in a manner that provides Idaho residents and law enforcement officials with clear and unambiguous guidance on the rights and restrictions contained in the provisions of Idaho Code regulating the carrying of concealed weapons.  The NRA believes that this re-write accomplishes the stated goal in four major ways.  First, HB 301 provides definitions for commonly used diction.  Second, this legislation—where possible—places statutory provisions in list format, as opposed to the burdensome paragraphical format that is currently used.  Third, the proposed re-write seeks to clarify provisions pertaining to carrying of concealed weapons outside the “limits or confines of any city.”  Fourth, the legislation seeks to lower CWL fees by providing that the sheriffs may only charge $20.00 plus the actual cost of administering the license.

Your NRA-ILA is committed to fighting to ensure law-abiding Idahoans are protected from unwarranted prosecution and excessive fees for merely wishing to exercise their right to carry concealed weapons in accordance with Idaho law.  Please contact members of the Senate State Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to vote in SUPPORT of HB 301 when it comes before them tomorrow. 

You can reach the following members of the committee by calling the Senate switchboard at 208-332-1000.

Senate State Affairs Committee:

Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), Chair

Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R-11), Vice-Chair

Senator Bart M. Davis (R-33)

Senator Brent Hill (R-34)

Senator Chuck Winder (R-20)

Senator Jeff Siddoway (R-35)

Senator Todd M. Lakey (R-12)

Senator Michelle Stennett (D-26)

Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb (D-19)

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