Mar. 12, 2013
Idaho’s House of Representatives passed a measure on Monday that would make it a crime for state and local authorities to enforce
new gun control measures enacted by Washington. The largely symbolic measure, a clear reaction to the Obama administration’s attempts to further restrict firearms, passed in the state house by 55-13. It will now head to the senate for approval, Reuters reports.
The bill, which has created intense debate, issues some strict penalties for law enforcement officials who comply with federal law to enforce potential new restrictions. State and local authorities could be fined up to $1,000 and spend up to a year in prison for doing so. The offense would be considered a misdemeanor.
The controversial bill was drafted by state Rep. Mark Petterson, a Republican. While on the floor discussing the bill, Petterson heralded it as an opportunity to let citizens in the state know that their Second Amendment rights will be protected.
“[Idaho] citizens are pleased they can feel safe Idaho’s law enforcement will not be kicking in their front doors to take their firearms,” Patterson said while debating the bill.
While the bill passed the House and while it certainly has its supporters, there are some who have major reservations about its central tenets.