Today, the House promptly voted 60-10 to pass Senate Bill 1173, after the Senate sent it over last week. This critical bill expands the legally protected options available to citizens engaging in self-defense, to include the defensive display of firearms. It now goes to Governor Brad Little’s desk for his signature. Please click here to ask Gov. Little to sign SB 1173 into law.
Senate Bill 1173 affirms that citizens who are otherwise justified to use physical force in self-defense situations have the option of displaying a firearm or verbally informing an assailant that they have a firearm. This empowers law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones by attempting to dissuade threats before having to use deadly force. Nothing in this bill changes the standards for justified self-defense or mandates that displaying or informing of firearms must precede using deadly force in justified self-defense.
NRA thanks all the lawmakers who took swift action to uphold the right to self-defense in Idaho.
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