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Bill to Make it Easier to Carry Concealed Weapons Heard Today

A bill to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon is being heard at the Capitol today. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)
A bill to make it easier to carry a concealed weapon is being heard at the Capitol today. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)
March 14, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - A bill to gut the state's concealed-carry system is being debated today in a public hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee.

In order to carry a concealed, loaded firearm within city limits now, you have to get a permit, pass a background check, undergo firearms training and pay a small fee. Senate Bill 13-89 would remove those restrictions.

Hannah Sharp leads the Idaho chapter of a nonprofit advocacy group called "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," which was formed in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

"The system we have now is something we've had for 99 years in the state of Idaho," she said. "It works, it works well, and there's no need to change it now."

Supporters of the bill say the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms and it's not a "right" if you have to pay a fee for it. Idaho is an open-carry state where gun owners do not have to get a state permit or training as long as the handgun is openly displayed. Federal background checks are required for purchases from gun dealers, but not from private sellers.

Sharp said families will be less safe under SB 13-89.

"Anybody could be carrying, theoretically, a loaded weapon at any time," she said. "They could be a criminal, they could not be, they could have training, they could not, and we wouldn't know."

Three Ada County police chiefs recently came out against the bill in an op-ed column in the Idaho Statesman, saying police officers would be at greater risk during stops because Idaho's current system allows them to check for a valid permit to carry a gun, thereby confirming that the person is not a felon or a dangerous person prohibited from possessing firearms.

The text of SB 1389 is online at legislature.idaho.gov. The police chief's op-ed is at idahostatesman.com.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - ID