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Campus Guns: GOP In Lock Step

After a more than seven-hour hearing today, the House State Affairs Committee has voted 11-3 in favor of SB 1254, the guns-on-campus bill, sending it to the full House for debate and possible final passage. Close to 50 people testified on the bill today, the overwhelming majority opposing it, including university presidents, police chiefs and more. The only “no” votes came from the panel’s three Democrats, Reps. Elaine Smith, D-Pocatello, John Gannon, D-Boise, and Holli Woodings, D-Boise. Those voting in favor included GOP Reps. Loertscher, Batt, Andrus, Crane, Palmer, Sims, Barbieri, Holtzclaw, McMillan, Monks and Packer/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

DFO: Hmm. Sims, Barbieri and McMillan listened to the NRA siren call, ignoring all the major stakeholders opposed to this legislation. Feels a bit like Luna Laws revisited. Pretend you're listening & then go ahead and vote for something Idahoans oppose. Maybe it's time to embarrass the gullible Idaho GOP legislators with another citizen's initiative? Short of that, I have another reason to vote for Rep. Sims opponent in her House District 4 GOP primary race.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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