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Lawmaker wants concealed knives legalized after his son was cited

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho representative is frustrated his son was cited for illegally carrying a concealed dangerous weapon without a permit — because he had a four-inch knife under his car seat. Republican Rep. Pete Nielsen of Mountain Home said Thursday his son ended up paying $300 to remedy the situation after the traffic stop. As a result, Nielsen aims to change Idaho's concealed weapon law, so it no longer applies to knives with blades four inches or less. Nielsen said he's got the approval of Idaho police on his measure. He actually wanted to allow longer knives be concealed without a permit. But law enforcement agents told him four inches was their limit. Nielsen is still working on his bill; the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday sent it back to him for changes rather than introduce the measure.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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