Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daily News: Idaho Lawmaker Asked to Step Down From GOP Leadership Over Gun Control Letter

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The president of the Moscow City Council is being targeted by his own party, who wants him to resign because of his call for tighter controls on firearms.

This morning's Moscow Daily News reports that Walter Steed, who is also the Republican Party's Latah County chairman, forwarded a letter to Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Bart Davis, the Idaho Legislature's Senate majority leader.

In the letter, based on a memorandum from Moscow Police Chief David Duke, Steed advocated for background checks and limiting access to high-capacity gun magazines.

But the Daily News reports that Latah County GOP precinct committeemen have voted 12-10 to ask Steed to resign from his chairmanship because he "acted against the party's position on guns and the Second Amendment."

Steed told the Daily News that he was still undecided on whether to resign.

"They had copies of the letter, I believe. I presume they can read English," said Steed. "It was a gun violence letter, not a gun control letter. As I stated in city council, it would have no weight or bearing when it got to the state Legislature or Boise."

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