HB 291, Rep. Mark Patterson’s bill to charge Idaho law enforcement officers with misdemeanors if they act to enforce any new federal laws regarding confiscation of firearms or ammunition, has passed the House on a 55-13 vote. “This bill is about protecting police officers,” Patterson told the House. Opponents of the bill, HB 219, called for amendments, saying as written, the bill would endanger cooperative law enforcement efforts with federal and state authorities over drugs and gangs/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Is this bill a good pre-emptive action against possible, unaccepted federal gun laws? Or an example of the hysteria gripping some gun afficionados?