HB 122 would allow teachers with an Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit to carry their firearms while on school grounds.
The bill also requires that teachers who wish to carry on school grounds notify the principal and superintendent. Additionally, the principal and superintendent may notify the local school board if they wish, but all parties must not disclose which teachers are carrying to the general public.
Local law enforcement will also be notified of which teachers might be carrying and will be given a picture of the teachers who choose to carry.
The Idaho Sheriff’s Association and the Idaho Chief’s of Police Association oppose the measure. Everytown for Gun Safety also opposes the bill.
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance supports HB 122.
After a lengthy debate on the House Floor, HB 122 passed despite six Republicans defecting and joining all Democrats in opposing the measure.
HB 122 is being sponsored by Rep. Chad Christensen (R-Iona), who said during the opening of the debate,
I know in the past this has been an issue about local control or an arguement that people have brought up to me about it. I don’t like any government restricting your constitutional protections. This is a 2nd Amendment issue and for me, the 2nd Amendment right doesn’t stop at the door of a school.
Christensen also mentioned during his opening that one of his sheriffs, Adam Mabey, is supportive of the bill. Mabey testified in the House State Affairs Committee that he supported HB 122. Christensen said that his main goal was to protect kids from potential killers.
Rep. Chris Mathias (D-Boise) opposed the measure and said during the debate,
Local control. Local control. Local control. Our school districts already have the ability to authorize school employees to carry firearms on our school grounds, so I’m going to be voting to support that continued principle.
Four other Representatives debated in favor of the bill: Rep. Karey Hanks (R-St. Anthony), Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger (R-Lewiston), Rep. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale), and Rep. Ryan Kerby (R-New Plymouth).
Only one other Representative debated against the bill on the House Floor, Rep. Marc Gibbs (R-Grace).
HB 122 now heads to the Senate State Affairs Committee for consideration.
Here is a screenshot of the votes with “Red” votes being Representatives voting against the bill and “Green” votes being in favor of the bill.
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