Idaho Gun Bills Zip Through Senate State Affairs Committee 

The committee, chaired by Nampa Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie, cut off testimony before hearing from a number of key stakeholders, including law enforcement and some representatives from Idaho's universities.

An Idaho State Senate committee has wasted no time in pushing forward a bill that would punish Idaho law enforcement officers if they assisted federal agents in confiscating banned weapons.

A similar measure died in the Senate State Affairs Committee during the 2013 session, but this year a new bill—this time sponsored by Meridian Republican Sen. Marv Hagedorn—sailed through the committee Feb. 14, mere days after Hagedorn unveiled the proposal in a print hearing.

"The first offense would be a $1,000 fine and a second offense would result in a misdemeanor charge," Hagedorn told the committee Feb. 10, outlining how law enforcers could become criminals if they assisted federal agents in enforcing an executive order that, in Hagedorn's view, was in conflict with the Idaho Constitution.

Hagedorn said "in a nutshell" the issue came down to the possibility of a federal order that might lead to confiscation of guns or ammunition. But Boise Democratic Sen. Elliot Werk questioned where Hagedorn's suspicions were rooted.

"Do you have any indication that any federal order or law is imminent in the next decade?" asked Werk.

"No I do not," answered Hagedorn.

Meanwhile, the same committee also moved forward another controversial firearms bill that would see more students, faculty and staff carrying firearms onto the campuses of Idaho's public universities and colleges.

The committee, chaired by Nampa Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie, cut off testimony before hearing from a number of key stakeholders, including law enforcement and some representatives from Idaho's universities.

McKenzie said, "If we continued to hear from everyone, it would take us three or four more meetings."

Ketchum Democratic Sen. Michelle Stennett, also pleading for a delay, said the committee was "being awfully hasty to run this vote through today. We haven't had an opportunity to hear from all of the universities. It's unfair not to have them speak."

The guns on campus bill is now sitting before the full Senate, where it had its second reading on Feb. 14 and is expected to be debated and voted on as early as Monday, Feb. 17.


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