The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance has lost its case in the Idaho Supreme Court today pertaining to a dispute over the right of the public to carry firearms in a Sandpoint City Park.
You can read the background of the case here:
Plaintiffs Scott Herndon (Idaho State Senator, R-District 1), Jeff Avery, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, and the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc. filed suit against the City of Sandpoint and the Festival at Sandpoint for violating the rights of the people to carry firearms on public property – in this case War Memorial Field, a public park maintained and managed by the City of Sandpoint.
Sandpoint argued that the Festival, a private organization, did in fact have the right under Idaho law to prohibit the carrying of firearms in that park during the duration of their lease for the event in August 2019, a two-week agreement.
A Bonner County judge ruled in favor of the City of Sandpoint. The case was appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court.
Today, in a 5-0 decision, the Idaho Supreme Court sided with the City of Sandpoint, saying park lease-holders can in fact ban the carrying of firearms in city parks.
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett responded by saying,
“Today’s decision by the Idaho Supreme Court opened Pandora’s Box for gun grabbers in Idaho. Idahoans can no longer feel confident that they can carry on public property because the Idaho Supreme Court essentially gutted the state’s firearm preemption statute. Gun owners need to contact Governor Little immediately and demand an emergency legislative session to correct this problem.”
Pruett and the ISAA also put out this video: Breaking! Idaho Supreme Court Guts the 2nd Amendment in Idaho! (rumble.com)
You can view a summary of the ISC opinion here:Published Opinion Summary
You can view the entire opinion here:Published Opinion
Idaho Dispatch reached out to the City of Sandpoint for comment. We will update if a response is received.
Tags: 2A, City of Sandpoint, Festival at Sandpoint, Firearms, Guns, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, Idaho Supreme Court, ISAA, Preemption, Senator Scott Herndon