Gun owners are still trying to dissect exactly what happened between yesterday’s meeting with Senator Lodge, and today’s cancelation of a hearing that was supposed to take place tomorrow morning.
There is also conflicting information on whether or not the hearing has been moved to Monday, March 25th.
We will keep you informed on what the future holds for Constitutional Carry Expansion.
We do know that Senator Lodge still has some concerns about the bill, and was asking Rep. Zito to do some additional digging into other “stakeholders” on the issue.
Here is where Sen. Lodge wants Rep. Zito to get additional support from:
1. City Mayors
2. Drug/Gang Task Forces.
3. Psychologists who deal with brain development.
4. Police agencies.
None of the above groups are supportive of gun rights in comparison to the vast majority of Idaho’s gun owners.
Additionally, Rep. Lodge would like a “training element” to be added to the bill in order to get other stakeholders to support it, and show our good faith for their concerns.
However, a training requirement defeats the entire purpose of Constitutional Carry.
It is not the government’s business how much training we do, or what kind we do before we can defend our lives and exercise our rights.
Additionally, the most important stakeholder in this debate is your individual right to keep and bear arms without infringement. No other stakeholder exists when it comes to these inalienable rights.
We will continue to push for a hearing on House Bill 206 as it is written.
There is a bill tomorrow morning that will be heard which would clarify the carrying of firearms inside of a vehicle. We know this has been a major frustration for gun owners in the last three years.
The goal of HB 199 is to solidify current law that already says you can carry a concealed weapon in your vehicle without a permit.
Gun owners are anxious to get some good legislation passed this session.
Stay in the fight and stay motivated until the end.
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance