Idaho House lawmakers take aim at gun rights measures

Idaho House lawmakers take aim at gun rights measures

Gun Rights

BOISE — Gun rights took center stage on the House floor Thursday, while hemp legalization and transportation funding bills moved through committee. Following is a bill-by-bill look at some of the decisions lawmakers made during the day, as they continue the push to adjourn the session by the end of March: Concealed carry: Legislation allowing Idahoans ages 18-21 to carry concealed weapons inside city limits passed the House on a 53-14 party line vote. Rep. Christy Zito, R-Hammett, noted that Idahoans 18 and older already have the right to openly carry handguns anywhere in the state. They can also carry concealed handguns anywhere in Idaho — except within city limits. Zito said that geographic distinction makes no sense and should be eliminated. “All we’re doing (with this bill) is making it so, if someone happens to put on a coat and they’re inside the city, they won’t be in violation of the law,” she said. “We are by nature a responsible citizenry.” Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, said kids who grow up in cities, unlike their rural counterparts, may never have fired a gun or received any training. Absent that training, he said, letting young adults carry concealed weapons in urban settings is a public safety concern. That prompted a quick response from Rep. Caroline Troy, R-Genesee, who noted that rural kids don’t automatically know how to use guns. “My kids know how to use guns because they went to gun ranges to practice — just like every one of […]

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