Thursday, December 12, 2013

Idaho GOP Chair: 'It's the Personality of Our State That People Have the Right to be Armed'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Political posturing is one thing; but North Idaho lawmakers say a recent resolution from the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee has crossed over into public policy.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County Commissioners will huddle next Tuesday, Dec. 17 to mull a recent resolution and letter from the local GOP central committee surrounding the Second Amendment.

"We are asking the [Kootenai County Commissioners] to adopt an ordinance to prohibit the federal government from infringing on the right of Kootenai County citizens to keep and bear arms," reads the letter.

Barry Peterson, chairman of the Idaho Republican Party told the Press that the resolution was "in harmony with the state party position and support for the Second Amendment is part of the party's platform."

"It's the personality of our state that the people have the right to be armed," Peterson told the Press.

Kootenai County Commissioners have asked their county prosecutor and county sheriff to weigh in on the issue during Tuesday's meeting.

In February of this year, Boise Weekly spoke with four of the region's top lawmen, county sheriffs from Adams, Payette and Washington County in Idaho and Malheur County in Oregon, who all pushed back against President Barack Obama's 23-point plan to curb gun violence.

"I have a lot of guns and I'm not giving them up," said Ryan Zollman, the newly elected sheriff of mostly rural Adams County. "I can tell you all here tonight that I will not allow any information to be shared regarding weapons possessed or held by my office."

Washington County Sheriff Thomas echoed Zollman's pushback.

"I would tell [federal agents] quite simply that that's not happening today, and it would be best if they left our county," said Thomas.

Malheur County Sheriff Wolfe took the federal pushback one step further, saying he had gone as far as tossing federal agents out of his jurisdiction.

"Yes, there have been times when we asked federal authorities to leave our county," he said. "They performed an illegal entry once, and I told them to get out. Since then, we've worked things out."

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