From Kestrel West Morning Memo:
When the New York Times is in town …By now it's well-known in the Idaho Legislature that a correspondent from the nation's best-known newspaper is in Boise to write about gun issues. One thing he is sure to find interesting is highlighted in a piece from Betsy Russell. Idaho is the lone state in the country where elected officials are exempt from laws requiring a permit for a concealed weapon. “We have the trust of our constituents,” said [Rep. Roy] Lacey, who has a small gun he’d like to carry when he rides his bike in grizzly bear habitat in the Island Park area. “I think that’s why we’re here. As part of that trust, we should be responsible with our guns.”
Question: Rep. Roy Lacey said constituents trust Idaho legislators to carry concealed weapons (without a permit). Before this story broke, did you have any idea that lawmakers could do so?