Biden announced new executive actions on gun control; the Legislature wants to prohibit them

Biden announced new executive actions on gun control; the Legislature wants to prohibit them

Sen. Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, debates in favor of HB 6, the coronavirus liability bill, during a special session of the Idaho Legislature on Aug. 26, 2020, at the Idaho Capitol. BOISE — On Tuesday, the Senate voted 28-7, in favor of SB 1205, a new bill seeking to “build upon” previous legislation prohibiting Idaho from enforcing federal gun control laws. The bill will add to the 2014 legislation that first stated Idaho government could not enforce federal actions that infringe upon Idahoans’ Second Amendment rights. The bill seeks to include a new section that would add that Idaho government entities cannot use any state resources to enforce federal gun control laws. Those resources include personnel and funds. “I do feel that our Idaho rights to keep and bear arms are in peril under this administration,” sponsor Todd Lakey, R-Nampa, said. The bill is a response to President Joe Biden’s recent executive orders regarding gun regulation. Under the proposed bill, an Idaho government employee or agent who tries to uphold one of these federal orders could be subject to civil liability. “I think to say, senators, that President Biden sees the right to keep and bear arms a little bit differently than the Idaho Legislature is probably an understatement,” Lakey said. Democratic senators spoke against the bill. Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, found it “disturbing” that “treaties” were added as one of the things Idaho state entities must not enforce in regards to firearms regulation. She noted “treaties, like tribes, have […]

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