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“Idaho Small Arms Protection Act” Introduced in Idaho House

By • March 5, 2021

A new bill has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature to protect Idahoans’ “small arms” and to prepare the state for future court battles according to the bill sponsor.

RS 28769 (bill number not yet available) was introduced this morning by Sen. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) in the House State Affairs Committee with Alexandria Kincaid presenting the bill at the “introductory hearing.” Kincaid is an attorney for the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance.

The bill’s official Statement of Purpose is as follows:

Revising Idaho Code Chapter 33, Title 18, To add Section 18-3315C to be known as the Idaho Small Arms Protection Act.  To declare legislative intent, to define small arms necessary for the right of self-defense.  To provide the Attorney General challenge certain law, Provide the right of intervention.

Zito, the bill sponsor, provided the following statement to Idaho Dispatch about his bill.

The threat of gun control from the White House and members of Congress require that Idaho’s legislature do everything in its power to defend the state of Idaho and the thousands of gun owners who are concerned about their most precious right of self-defense. There is no “next year” for this legislation because it is needed right now and I hope this pro-2nd Amendment legislature will once again make Idaho the leader in the 2nd Amendment community.

I am grateful that Chairman Crane gave the bill a hearing and gave gun owners a voice in the capitol today so their concerns and frustrations could be heard through this legislation.

Kincaid also provided a statement to the Idaho Dispatch regarding the legislation saying,

It was an honor to present the idaho Small Arms Protection Act in the House State Affairs Committe this morning. This is the most critical time I can recall for the 2nd Amendment. Gun owners across Idaho have been begging for the best protections possible in light of what is coming in the next couple of months. This legislation is the result of a number of constitutional lawyers who litigate 2nd Amendment issues, coming up with a unique piece of legislation that Idahoans can be proud of and we hope will provide a solid challenge in the courts to any gun control that comes our way.

Several legislators asked questions about some of the wording in the bill and the intent of certain provisions in the bill. Typically in an “Introductory Hearing” not as many questions are asked and a more in-depth conversation happens at the public hearing.

In the end, the bill passed on a voice vote with no legislator opposing the measure. The committee is made up of 12 Republicans and two Democrats.

A public hearing for the bill has not yet been scheduled.


Note: For readers that are unaware, I still serve as the President of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance but wanted to make sure that information was disclosed about legislation that I am currently a part of. 

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13 thoughts on ““Idaho Small Arms Protection Act” Introduced in Idaho House

  1. Thank you for all the help you have done and are doing for the protection of Idaho gun rights. The next few years are going to be very scary &
    challenging for the people of Idaho.

  2. Legislation is what political people do, and we’re thankful for them spending time and effort on this, instead of taking something away from the citizens (taxation,etc). However, I find it sad that states must do this to protect a fundamental right that is protected by the constitution. Why must time and money be spent to fight, again and again.

    1. I concur with Mr. Tom Drake…Thank you, Alex, Christy and Chairman Crane for your work on this bill.

    2. I also, concur with Mr. Tom Drake…Thank you, Alex, Christy and Chairman Crane for your work on this bill.

  3. I am a life member of the Idaho 2nd Amendment Alliance. Keep up the great work on protecting Idaho citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights!

  4. Thank you all for working to protect Idahoan’s gun rights. I echo Kim’s sentiments above (March 6th) that having to ‘go to the well’ time and again to protect our God-given, Constitutional rights is sad and frustrating indeed.
    We MUST establish a strong legislative push-back against this Socialist agenda that will certainly be coming our way. Here in Idaho, we have the will, and the means to do so. Walls work- let’s put up a virtual, legal wall against this leftist onslaught that’s building against America.

  5. Many thanks to the authors and sponsors of this bill. We need every protection we can muster to repel the insanity of the Marxist Mobs that are growing in our great state!

  6. THANK YOU, Christy! I have voted for you since your start in public service and your support of the 2nd Amendment is one of the main reasons. God Bless.

    “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not be Infringed”

    Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media, for they will distort your grasp of reality and destroy your honor.

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