Two Permit-Less Carry Gun Bills Locked and Loaded at Idaho Statehouse 

click to enlarge Gun rights advocate Jeff Smith, Kira, and his AR-15 at a Second Amendment rally in January 2014. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Gun rights advocate Jeff Smith, Kira, and his AR-15 at a Second Amendment rally in January 2014.

As promised, two Idaho lawmakers have introduced proposed legislation they say would bring "permit-less" carry options to Gem State gun owners. But the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, which hosted a series of rallies across Idaho in 2015 advocating for a permit-less law, isn't happy with the proposed language.

"The bill that was introduced yesterday is not a bill the ISAA can support in its current form," wrote ISAA President Greg Pruett soon after Reps. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) and Ron Nate (R-Rexburg) introduced their first proposal.

The bill would legalize carrying a concealed weapon without a permit both outside and within city limits throughout Idaho. Currently, Idaho permit-less carry is allowed everywhere but within city limits.

ISAA balked when Scott's and Nate's bill included what ISAA called "watered down" language. Specifically, ISAA said it could not support a bill that would allow property owners to grant or deny permission to people carrying guns on their property.  

"Under this current form of the bill, the gun owners are now forced by the government to request permission for entry or they are violating state law," wrote Pruett. "Want to permit-less carry in Wal-Mart? You need to go to the property owner, not a manager or business owner."

Making matters a bit more confusing, Scott and Pruett soon after issued a second version of their permit-less carry bill.

"This bill is clearly different from the first bill," they wrote in a press release. "It includes agreed-upon language with the Idaho Sheriff's Association and others. This bill is more complicated than the earlier bill, but would make Idaho the ninth state to be considered 'constitutional carry.'"

No word yet from ISAA on its reaction to the second bill.

"Time will tell what bill, if either, will make it through the committee system," wrote Scott and Nate.
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