A bill introduced Tuesday in the Idaho House of Representatives, making the Gem State the 26th state to introduce Second Amendment Preservation legislation, will be discussed in the House State of Affairs Committee Hearing Room tomorrow morning. House Bill 219, the Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, was authored by Rep. Mark Patterson, and has attracted 23 legislative cosponsors to date.
“This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws, rules, or regulations enacted or promulgated on or after January 1, 2013, to violate their oath of office and Idaho citizens' rights under the Idaho Constitution, Article 1, Section 11,” the bill’s Statement of Purpose explains. “This Constitutional provision disallows confiscation of firearms except those actually used in commission of a felony, and disallows other restrictions on a lawful citizen's right to own firearms and ammunition.
“This law would be violated if an Idaho law enforcement officer knowingly and willingly participated in an action with the purpose of confiscating firearms defined as legal under this legislation,” the statement continues. “The legislation also protects Idaho law enforcement officers from their supervisors ordering them to violate this statute.”
One point brought up by the source asking Gun Rights Examiner to report on this bill is that the National Rifle Association has not taken a public position on it. It’s Institute for Legislative Action web page for Idaho discusses enhanced concealed carry permit legislation that just passed the House, but says nothing to inform members about H.B. 219, or to urge support for it.
IdahoLiberty.com is urging citizen activists to attend tomorrow’s committee meeting and “Sign up at the entrance as IN FAVOR of the bill.”
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