Rally to Celebrate Permitless Carry in Idaho on July 1st!

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is holding a rally on July 1st, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the first day of Permitless Carry in Idaho.

July 1st is the first day the new law will take effect. At that time law abiding Idaho citizens who are 21 years and older can lawfully carry their firearm concealed without a permit except in certain places as specified by law.

We will be meeting at the Idaho Capitol Building in the grass across the street from the Capitol.

ISAA Executive Director, Greg Pruett, will be the keynote speaker. We are also anticipating hearing from our attorney, Alexandria Kincaid, who will discuss the new law as well as the ISAA future goal of passing an upgraded Castle Doctrine. We are hoping for one more additional guest speaker who we are currently speaking to.

Please invite your family and friends to be there and celebrate this much needed victory in the State of Idaho!

Here is the Facebook link to invite your friends from Facebook.

July 1st is a Friday and a great day to kick off your July 4th celebration weekend.

3 Anti-2nd Amendment Candidates Lose in Idaho Primary Races

3 of the 4 known anti-2nd Amendment candidates who were running in the Republican Primaries yesterday (May 17th) lost their election battles. Only one candidate managed to make it through. These are the 4 races the ISAA worked in to educate voters on where these candidates stood on the 2nd Amendment.

Early in the evening Rep. Maxine Bell (R-25) won her re-election bid by defeating challenger Reggy Sternes. Rep. Bell has voted against Campus Carry, Permitless Carry, and returned the ISAA survey with more anti-2nd Amendment answers. She will continue to represent the Jerome, Filer, Buhl, Kimberly, and parts of Twin Falls area for 2 more years. Mr. Sternes had answered our survey with 100% pro-2nd Amendment answers.

Several hours later Rep. Rich Wills (R-23) lost his re-election bid to challenger Christy Zito. Rep. Wills was one of 4 Republicans to vote against Constitutional Carry in the 2016 session. He trailed the entire evening to Ms. Zito and eventually lost. Ms. Zito has answered the ISAA survey with 100% pro-2nd Amendment answers while Rep. Wills failed to return his survey.

Several hours later Rep. Paul Romrell (R-35) lost his re-election bid in a very tight race with challenger Karey Hanks. The two traded leads back and forth all evening before Mrs. Hanks finally took the lead for good and eventually the seat. Mrs. Hanks answered the ISAA survey with 100% pro-2nd Amendment answers while Rep. Romrell indicated in his survey he would consider banning semi-auto firearms and high capacity magazines.

In the final race that the ISAA educated voters in, Carl Berglund and Bill Goesling were both vying for a chance to take on Paulette Jordan (D-5) in the general election in November. Mr. Goesling as a State Board of Education member voted against Campus Carry and tried to sway the legislators to do the same. Mr. Berglund answered the ISAA survey with 100% pro-2nd Amendment answers while Mr. Goesling failed to return his survey. Mr. Berglund won the race with will face a tough battle in November.

Overall it appears that Idaho voters across the state rejected candidates who have voted against gun rights or have made statements or taken stances against gun rights.

Thanks to all of you who helped during the election season and for all those who went and voted. In one race a mere 28 votes made all the difference. It doesn’t take much in a primary to sway an election. Your vote really does matter in these local and state elections.

Reggy Sternes to Challenge Rep. Maxine Bell (R-25)

Reggy Sternes is challenging Rep. Maxine Bell in District 25 in the Republican Primary for Seat A on May 17th.

To be sure you remember, Rep. Maxine Bell is one of 4 Republicans to vote against Permitless/Constitutional Carry (SB 1389) during the 2016 Idaho legislative session.

Instead of voting to protect gun rights, she has chosen to vote against them by siding with Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action.

Rep. Bell joined the gun control crowd in 2016 in voting against gun rights.

Rep. Bell joined the gun control crowd in 2016 in voting against gun rights.

She is in her 14th term and is up for re-election this year.

Her opponent is Reggy Sternes.

As with all candidates who wish to give us a 2nd Amendment stance/statement, we are providing Mr. Sternes stance here:

“I am an ardent supporter of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I believe this right is an inalienable, individual right; and, though specified as a protected right within the Constitution, I believe it only codified a natural right which already existed.

I believe it is the right of all men and women to protect themselves or their families from harm.

I believe that peaceful methods should be exhausted before taking up arms to defend our liberty from others or the tyrannical will of government.

I believe this right is not limited to self-protection, but also covers its use for sport, hunting, collecting or other uses.

I do not support laws that would tax gun or ammunition purchases or ownership differently than other general purchase items.

I support Senate Bill 1389 (2016), otherwise known as Constitutional Carry Bill or Permit-Less Concealed Carry Bill.”

You can learn more about Reggy Sternes here

This is not an endorsement of Mr. Sternes as the ISAA does not endorse candidates. We seek to educate voters on who is voting against your rights and where all candidates stand on 2nd Amendment issues so you can make an educated vote.

Rep. Rich Wills (Glenns Ferry, Mt. Home, Homedale) Votes Against Gun Rights!!!

Rep. Richard Wills, a Republican from District 23 (Glenns Ferry, Mt. Home, Homedale, Marsing, Hammett, King Hill, and Atlanta) has VOTED AGAINST a gun rights bill in the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session!

Rep. Rich Wills is in his 7th term in office and is facing a primary challenge on May 17th, 2016 in the Statewide Primary election.

Gun Owners across the State of Idaho have overwhelmingly supported Constitutional Carry and the Idaho legislature took up the measure this year in the form of Senate Bill 1389.

Constitutional Carry simply means that a law abiding citizen who is legally able to own and purchase a firearm can also carry that firearm concealed without getting the government’s permission to defend their own life.

Constitutional Carry is already legal outside of city limits and has been for nearly 100 years. Senate Bill 1389 simply allows Idaho residents to enjoy Constitutional Carry inside city limits as they have been able to do outside city limits.

Rep. Wills recently told the Idaho Reporter his EXCUSE for voting against your gun rights when he said, “I also am concerned about people now using a gun on [sic] any dispute, just because they have a disagreement with another,” Wills wrote. “There has been a cultural change in society today and there is very little concern about human life, compared to the past.”

Wills also expressed concern the bill would make stopping mass shootings more difficult for police officers and could lead to accidental killings.

“I hope we have not opened the door to people coming to the rescue, now that they are armed and the officer who arrives, not knowing the bad guy from the good guy,” Wills explained.

Fear mongering and phony excuses usually come from anti-2nd Amendment advocates. Is Rep. Wills simply re-stating what Michael Bloomberg has been pushing in Idaho?

It has been well noted that in recent days Bloomberg has been dropping radio ads, newspaper ads, and robocalling people in an attempt to kill SB 1389, Constitutional Carry in Idaho.

Does Rep. Wills agree with Michael Bloomberg? On this gun rights issue, Rep. Wills seems to have sided with Michael Bloomberg.

Rep. Rich Wills (R-25) is from Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He can be contacted at 208-484-0403

Rep. Rich Wills (R-25) is from Glenns Ferry, Idaho.
He can be contacted at 208-484-0403

Rep. Maxine Bell (R-Jerome, Filer, Buhl, Kimberly) Votes Against Gun Rights!

Rep. Maxine Bell, a Republican from District 25 (Jerome, Filer, Buhl, Kimberly, Castleford, Hansen and Parts of Twin Falls) has VOTED AGAINST a gun rights bill in the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session!

Rep. Maxine Bell is in her 14th term in office and is facing a primary challenge on May 17th, 2016 in the Statewide Primary election.

Gun Owners across the State of Idaho have overwhelmingly supported Constitutional Carry and the Idaho legislature took up the measure this year in the form of Senate Bill 1389.

Constitutional Carry simply means that a law abiding citizen who is legally able to own and purchase a firearm can also carry that firearm concealed without getting the government’s permission to defend their own life.

Constitutional Carry is already legal outside of city limits and has been for nearly 100 years. Senate Bill 1389 simply allows Idaho residents to enjoy Constitutional Carry inside city limits as they have been able to do outside city limits.

Rep. Bell recently told the Idaho Reporter, ““Concern about the loss of some safety gun training and my mail ran in that direction by three to one.”

Gun owners from Rep. Bell’s district are already telling the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance that they are sick and tired of law makers voting against gun rights and that they are frustrated with her decision to vote against Constitutional Carry.

Rep. Maxine Bell (R-25) is from Jerome, ID. She can be contacted at 208-324-4296

Rep. Maxine Bell (R-25) is from Jerome, ID.
She can be contacted at 208-324-4296

Will Governor Otter Sign Constitutional Carry?

The Senate has passed Senate Bill 1389 and as of 10:30 a.m. this morning (3/21/2016) the Governor’s office has not yet received the bill. It often takes several days to be transmitted to him.

The question on everyone’s mind is, what will the Governor do?

Will he sign it or will he veto it?

No one really knows and the Governor has made no indication since it’s passage on whether or not he will sign the bill into law or not. Previously the Governor had mentioned to ISAA Executive Director Greg Pruett on the Kevin Miller Show that he supported the concept of Constitutional Carry.

However, earlier this year the Governor seemed to waver on his previous position.

One thing is for certain, Idaho citizens by the thousands of signed petitions, sent emails, and called the Governor to tell him that they want him to sign the bill.

The time is now for Idaho to join the ranks of other states who are expanding and restoring gun rights in a big way.

Call and email the Governor RIGHT NOW and tell him you want him to sign SB 1389!

His email: governor@gov.idaho.gov

His phone: 208-334-2100

SB 1389 (Constitutional Cary) is Almost Law!

On March 17th, 2016 the House State Affairs Committee passed SB 1389 (Constitutional Carry) on a party line vote, 13-4.

Just a few days ago the full Senate passed SB 1389 on a 27-8 vote!

The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. If it passes there it will head to Governor Butch Otter for his signature. But we need to make sure we let him know we want it signed, assuming the House passes it as well.

That means we are just two more steps away from bringing to pass a dream of many Idaho citizens, being able to “bear” your arm without infringement. This has been a long time coming.

The bill isn’t perfect but it is a big step forward toward restoring Idaho to a place where the 2nd Amendment is recognized in full. There are still many things to work on and we will continue to fight for years to come!

Please make sure to get signed up in our email list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We are so close! Don’t let up. Keep calling and emailing the House members and then the Governor when he gets the bill.

We know that Bloomberg is spending money to destroy your efforts and we can’t let him get away with it.

This is Idaho, not New York. Nobody comes into our house and pushes us around!

ISAA Calls for Open Hearing on House Bill 422 (Constitutional Carry)!

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is calling for an open hearing on House Bill 422. The bill is the closest version of Permitless Carry that has been proposed but the ISAA would like to see one small adjustment made to it. The bill would increase the age limit from 18 to 21 years old. The ISAA opposes any increase in restrictions on law abiding citizens above what is currently in place. There are other restrictions we also believe should be removed but a first step in this process is just getting Permitless Carry passed.

House Bill 422 currently sits in the House Ways and Means Committee.

The chairman for the House Ways and Means Committee is Representative Christy Perry (R-11). Because we are weeks into the session, the ISAA is requesting that Chairman Perry give House Bill 422 a full public in her committee immediately. Time is running out on Idaho citizens getting a hearing on Permitless Carry that they rightfully deserve.

Some may remember that Chairman Perry recently spoke with ISAA President Greg Pruett about Permitless Carry at the Boise Gun Show. We feel confident she is going to stand with Idaho citizens on the issue. Here is that video:

What can you do as a concerned gun owner? The best thing to do is to reach out to Chairman Perry and request that she give Permitless Carry (HB 422) a fair and open hearing. Remember to be polite and respectful in your requests!

Chairman Perry’s Email: cperry@house.idaho.gov

Chairman Perry’s Phone: 208-332-1044

Make 2016 the year that Idaho finally gets Permitless Carry! The last few years Idaho citizens have been snubbed of a hearing on the issue and it is time for that blockade to end!

Chariman Loertscher Refuses to Hear Pro-Gun Bill Again!

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance on Monday (Feb. 8th) turned in another pro-gun bill designed to strengthen Idaho’s Preemption statute. It was turned into the House and submitted to the House State Affairs Committee where gun bills are usually routed.

The bill is designed to help protect Idaho’s gun owners from municipalities and state agencies who are seeking to undermine your 2nd Amendment rights. There should be no opposition to such a simple piece of legislation. Who would possibly oppose this other than anti-gun groups or individuals?

Today (Wednesday, Feb. 10th) Chairman Loertscher’s secretary called ISAA President Greg Pruett and informed him that Chairman Loertscher would NOT hear the bill and that it needed to go to the Senate first. Why wouldn’t the Chairman take it up himself? There are only two possible reasons. 1. He is angry at the ISAA and Idaho’s gun owners for the massive amount of emails and phone calls he received last year and he is going to take it out on you every year. 2. He is opposed to strengthening Idaho’s gun laws. Those are really the only 2 reasons for such a response. Is Chairman Loertscher anti-gun or is he holding a grudge? Everyone may remember that he blocked House Bill 89 (Permitless Carry) from going forward last year as well.

If you are frustrated and want to take action then please go to the bottom of this message for IMMEDIATE ACTION instructions!!!

For those of you unfamiliar with Preemption let us first explain what that is. Most states, including Idaho, have preemption. What that means essentially is that the state controls firearms regulations, if any, and prohibits cities and counties from enacting ordinances, posting signs, and other restrictions in order to maintain uniformity throughout the state. That way you don’t drive from Pocatello to Coeur d’Alene and run into a variety of different codes and unknowingly violate the law.

However, there is no penalty for someone who violates the preemption statute. As we saw in Coeur d’Alene last year, city council members were knowingly violating the preemption statute and faced no consequences because the law doesn’t have any for such violations. The ISAA sought to change that.

The ISAA backed bill will allow residents and other groups whose members might be affected by an illegal ordinance to file suit against elected officials who knowingly violate the preemption statute. It would have allowed the Governor to remove from office people who knowingly and willfully violate the preemption statute. Protections were also put in place to prevent frivolous lawsuits by giving a city, county, etc. 60 days to correct the issue before a lawsuit could be filed.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

If you are in Chairman Loertscher’s District (32) then email him immediately and let him know you are not happy with his decision to not hear another pro-gun bill. tloertscher@house.idaho.gov

We would also like to see someone in his District step up and challenge him for his seat. We can’t expect different results if good solid conservatives, who won’t bow to the establishment, don’t get out there and run against these individuals.

Remember to be firm but respectful in your emails.

Why Both Permitless Carry Versions Must Be Amended!

As it stands currently both version of Permitless Carry that have been submitted MUST be amended to be satisfactory to gun owners in Idaho.

Currently the two bills that exist, House Bill 422 and House Bill 423, have issues that must be resolved or they will take rights away from one group and add an unnecessary penalty to all persons who carry a firearm.

House Bill 422 raises the age limit on those who can carry a firearm from 18-21. The current law allows 18 year olds in the county to have permitless carry. This version would remove that and raise it to 21 for all individuals. Additionally, a subset of individuals was left out (see subsection 11) that need to be added as well. This would make it the best version to put forward. Even if the subset is left out, it could move forward with ISAA support and we would take that fight on another day. But adding more restrictions to those who currently aren’t is NOT acceptable.

House Bill 423 is an improvement compared to its original draft but an issue still exists. With the way it is currently worded, any individual may carry in city limits and inside privately owned buildings unless otherwise prohibited. Two issues arise from this.

As an example, pretend you walked into a ma and pa coffee shop in Boise, Idaho and there was a small window sticker that said, “No Firearms” on it. Pretend that it was placed in the bottom right corner of their window and the size was 3 inches by 3 inches. No person is going to be able to see it but you are in that instance “otherwise prohibited.” If you walk into the store and for whatever reason they can tell you have a gun, they now have grounds to call the cops on you where you can be charged with a misdemeanor in violation of 18-3302.

As it stands, neither of these versions can go forward as written. This isn’t that hard folks. The best bill should be put forward and we can do better.

The ISAA is hereby challenging any legislator to sponsor our version of Permitless Carry. Essentially it will look like HB 422 but with some needed corrections.

You are going to hear things like, “If that Greg Pruett is involved I won’t vote for it,” or “If the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is involved I can’t support it or vote for it.” We are told many legislators don’t like me and they don’t like you because you demand the best from them. Enough is enough. Force a vote on the issue.

I say that if they are going to hold your rights hostage because of how they feel about me or the 10’s of thousands of Idaho gun owners we represent then let them vote it down publicly and let them say what they have to say publicly about why they voted against it. At least then we will know who is on the right side. Until then, the wishy washy legislators will continue to get away with their anti-gun stances and the “Secret Gun Committee” can give them cover to do it.

We have been reaching out for YEARS and even tried to work with established “pro-gun” people in the state house to no avail. That is why last year we had to do it on our own. No one would stand for what you really wanted. 2016 must be the year that a REAL Permitless Carry bill gets passed or you have to take action in the primaries to hold them accountable.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

You reach out to your legislators right now, House or Senate, and ask them to sponsor a bill the ISAA is proposing. That’s it. That is your challenge right now. If you find one that will put forward the bill we will gladly work with them to make it happen.

Sincerely,

Greg Pruett

President, ISAA