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Thu., March 7, 2013, 1:06 p.m.

House passes concealed knives bill

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Butchers, this bill is for you. Legislation that would carve out an exemption in Idaho's concealed weapons law on knives has passed the House. The measure approved unanimously Thursday allows Idahoans to carry concealed knives with blades four inches or shorter without a permit. Longer knives used to prepare food, legal tasers and pepper spray would also be permitted under the proposal. Mountain Home Republican Rep. Pete Nielsen says he decided to push the bill after his son was cited for illegally carrying a four-inch knife under his car seat. He said he also wants to protect butchers and chefs from being cited for carrying home their cleavers and other cooking knives after a day at work. To become law, the measure must still slice through any Senate opposition.

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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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