The Idaho House earlier this week passed SB 1205 and sent it to Governor Brad Little after the measure had previously cleared the Senate.
SB 1205 is a bill sponsored by Sen. Todd Lakey (R-Nampa) and was part of a movement started by Sen. Christy Zito (R- Hammett) who had sponsored HB 300. The bills are similar in nature and are designed as an expansion of Idaho’s “Second Amendment Sanctuary” law.
The bill was opposed by Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. SB 1205 was supported by the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, the Idaho Sheriff’s Association, and the Idaho Fraternal Order of Police.
Today, Little signed SB 1205 into law which also contained an “Emergency Clause” meaning that it would take place immediately and have a backdated beginning date of January 20th.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Zito for comment on the passage of SB 1205 and here is what she told us,
The bill belongs to the good people of this state. Many Idahoans who were concerned about federal overreach of their right to keep and bear arms made their voices heard loud and clear this session. When some legislators insisted on playing political games with the rights of Idaho’s citizens, the gun owners stood up and demanded that legislation get passed.
They didn’t take ‘maybe next year’ as an acceptable answer. Gun owners made their demands to their elected representatives and the legislature heard their calls for action. That is the power of the people and how representative government should respond.
I am proud of the gun owners who fought valiantly all session for protections from the Biden administration.
Additionally, Idaho Dispatch had reached out to Lakey to get his input on the passage of SB 1205. Here is the response Lakey sent Idaho Dispatch:
We have now seen a glimpse of the Biden administration’s plans to restrict our second amendment rights. S1205 builds on legislation we passed in 2014 which prohibited Idaho officials from being ordered to enforce new federal laws and regulations that violate Section 11 Article 1 of our Idaho Constitution protecting our right to keep and bear arms.
This new legislation is effective from the date President Biden took office and goes further in that it prohibits all Idaho government entities from using any personnel, funding or other resources to enforce, administer or support new federal actions regarding firearms and firearm accessories and components that violate our Idaho Constitution.
This bill was the successful result of effort by legislators in both the Senate and the House, second amendment advocate groups, law enforcement and the attorney general’s office. This bill makes it clear to the Biden administration and the United States Congress that they will not receive any support in Idaho for their efforts to unconstitutionally limit our gun rights.
S1205 had the longest list of co-sponsors that I have ever seen on any legislation on any subject. We are fortunate to live in Idaho where we remain a national leader in supporting and protecting our right to keep and bear arms
Idaho Dispatch also reached out to Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum) and House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel (D-Boise) but neither has responded to our request for comment at the time of this writing.
Just prior to the Little signing SB 1205 into law, the Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Action released the following statement:
Gun violence continues to rock our communities every day. If Governor Little truly stands by our law enforcement officers, he will veto this bill immediately. This legislation would only make their jobs harder, especially in a time when they are on the frontlines of two public health crisis – gun violence and coronavirus.
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance’s Chairman, Seth Rosquist, told Idaho Dispatch the following after the signing of SB 1205:
We are so grateful for the hardwork that Sen. Zito put into this effort as well as our attorney, Alexandria Kincaid, and another adviser, Don Kilmer, for their hard work in getting the Idaho legislature to understand the importance of this issue. Waiting until next year to do this was not an option with Biden and the gun-grabbers in congress pushing massive amounts of gun control.
Of course the gun grabbers with Everytown and Moms Demand Action are painting their usual doom and gloom scenarios that never come to fruition. We expect nothing less from them.
Thankfully Gov. Little listened to the calls of Idaho’s gun owners and signed the bill into law. At the end of the day, our organization stands ready once again to fight for the right to keep and bear arms, whether that is in the courts, in the Idaho legislature, or in congress.
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