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Senate panel clears measure to punish police supervisors who give orders re fed gun laws

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gun-rights advocates and Idaho law enforcement have resolved differences over a bill that would punish Idaho police and sheriffs who help confiscate federally banned firearms. The measure, which allows lawmakers to trumpet their Second Amendment credibility, cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee Friday. That's a far cry from a year ago, when a similar measure stalled in the panel. Then, there were concerns it might complicate relationships between Idaho police and federal agencies that cooperate on drug investigations. Now, officials representing law-enforcement agencies say they don't object to the revamped measure. Many doubt it will ever be invoked; it would apply only if a police supervisor who issues the order to an officer knowingly and intentionally violates the Idaho Constitution. Though it's meant to address fears President Barack Obama might forbid certain weapons, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Marv Hagedorn, concedes he's heard nothing intimating an imminent ban. Now, the Senate will vote.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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