President Joe Biden has asked Congress to send him some forms of gun control such as a ban on weapons such as the AR-15 and magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
Biden also signed several executive orders in recent weeks regarding “ghost guns” and other items such as arm braces. Currently, several dozen gun-control measures exist currently in Congress.
The Idaho Senate has now passed SB 1205, called the “Idaho Firearm and Firearm Accessories and Components Protection Act.”
Several months ago, Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) began the effort in the Idaho Senate to expand Idaho’s currently existing Second Amendment Protection Act law.
Eventually, she introduced House Bill 300. However, the bill was stalled in the Idaho House State Affairs Committee.
Senator Todd Lakey (R-Nampa) re-wrote HB 300 into a Senate bill at the request of Senate leadership. SB 1205 is sponsored by Lakey and Sen. Patti Anne Lodge (R-Caldwell).
All Republican state senators are listed as co-sponsors of the bill.
Lakey opened the debate and went over what was contained in the bill. Lakey said in part of his opening debate,
This bill makes it clear that we do not agree with the direction that our current federal administration is headed on the 2nd Amendment. Article 1 Section 11 of the Idaho constitution addresses our right to keep and bear arms. Our constitution in Idaho protects those rights more strongly and more specificially then the U.S. constitution.
Three Democrat Senators stood up to debate against the bill. Sen. Michelle Stennett (D-Ketchum), Sen. Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise), and Sen. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) were the three Democrat senators to stand in opposition to the bill.
Stennett said during the closing of her debate,
I am very concerned about what would happen if we ended up going up against preemptive laws or sovereignty about how we would actually be able to manage without a lengthy, expensive duration in our court system at the taxpayer expense.
Wintrow said in part of her debate gainst the bill,
I would be remiss if I didn’t represent the majority of constituents that I represent and indicate that this is not a concern of theirs. The 2nd Amendment is protected quite well in our state. I don’t think that’s under siege or anything like that.
Of the Republicans to stand up and debate in favor of the bill, Sen. Jim Rice (R-Caldwell) and Zito debated in favor of the measure.
Zito thanked gun owners in Idaho for helping push the issue of protecting the 2nd Amendment and said, in part,
We know that the massive force of an overgrown federal government is the driving force of an executive branch that is anti-gun and have said that they will come after our 2nd Amendment with a vengeance that would never have been thought of in this great land. This bill protects the citizens of the state of Idaho from that.
SB 1205 now heads to the House State Affairs Committee for a public hearing. Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) said that he anticipates a hearing sometime this week on the bill.
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