This is not a constitutional issue. It has been proven in several cases that the right to carry weapons is not an unrestricted right, just like the 1st amendment. The NRA uses Idaho because it can. It uses dupes when necessary to pass laws when it's clear that's all who will do it. Same with the AG - gag law Otter just signed. That law will be overturned in the first challenge because it's unconstitutional but the Idaho dupes made it a law first. Our legislature is not always the smartest legislature when it comes to legal matters and even ideas about public policy. They make educational laws and rules that are often nonsense. Very few of them have experience beyond their small rural communities. We need a more educated populace that will elect more knowledgable representatives.
This article does not mention the legal lesson given by former Micron legal counsel and current Idaho state Board of Education member. This law would make Idaho schools the first and only educational institutions where open carry is legal. A student will be able to bring a semi-automatic weapon into a classroom and set it on the desk. How is that conducive to learning? This will hurt enrollment. This is not representative government at work. This is the NRA giving money to anyone who votes in favor and the legislators know full well the general Idaho voter is not well enough informed to vote them out.
I've lived in both places longer than 5 years and the one thing I know to be true is that single party dominance - either party - is damaging. That's Idaho's biggest problem. Party affiliation is the only requirement to get elected. That leads to unwise people in the Legislature and other important positions.
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