Idaho bill to prohibit enforcement of Biden’s gun orders nears approval

Idaho bill to prohibit enforcement of Biden's gun orders nears approval

Just In… A committee in the GOP-controlled Idaho House of Representatives approved a Senate-passed measure that would prevent government entities in the state from enforcing new Biden administration executive orders that regulate gun ownership. The House State Affairs Committee, which has 12 Republicans and only two Democrats, voted on Monday to send the Idaho Firearm and Firearm Accessories and Components Protection Act to the full House. The bill would make state government officials and entities responsible for a $1,000 civil penalty if they authorize the enforcement of “any executive order, agency order, treaty, law, rule, or regulation of the United States government” that violates the state’s constitutional guarantee of the right to bear arms. “What the goal is is to prevent local law enforcement from enforcing unconstitutional gun laws that are unconstitutional at the state level,” Idaho Sen. Steve Vick, who was one of 28 state senators who voted the bill through their chamber on Tuesday, told the Washington Examiner . “We have a little stronger constitutional amendment in our constitution than the Second Amendment .” Idaho’s state constitution says that “no law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.” “We’re trying to be proactive, not reactive,” Vick said of Republicans. Democratic state Rep. Chris Mathias, who opposed the measure’s passage out of committee, could not immediately be reached for comment. […]

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