Watered Down Bill To Keep Guns From Sex Offenders Narrowly Passes House

Watered Down Bill To Keep Guns From Sex Offenders Narrowly Passes House

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Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise), center, huddles with other members of the Idaho House of Representatives after a vote on her bill to restrict gun rights for certain sex offenders was delayed Wednesday. Her bill narrowly passed Thursday, but only The travails of a bill to restrict sex offender gun rights, which narrowly passed the House Thursday, highlights how reluctant Idaho lawmakers are to vote for any type of firearm restriction. Anyone convicted of sexual battery of a minor under 16 already loses their gun rights in Idaho. The bill put forward Thursday would extend that restriction to those convicted of sexual battery of a 16 or 17-year-old. It passed the Idaho House Thursday on a 37-31 vote but only after more than a week of delay and negotiation. Much of the opposition came from the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, which bills itself as a “no compromise” gun rights group. The group has helped oust elected officials it sees as insufficiently pro-gun. Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) sponsored the bill, says she saw momentum start to turn against her bill after the group pressured members to oppose it. A clearly frustrated Wintrow says she reluctantly removed language that included crimes like enticement and taking indecent photos of 16 and 17 year olds to give the bill a better chance to pass. “It’s deeply troubling that an interest group would have that much influence to scare, influence, threaten lawmakers in this building,” she says. The bill would still allow offenders to petition […]

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