BOISE – Lawmakers concerned about self-defense rights narrowly killed a proposal on Thursday that would have required a concealed weapon permit to carry stun guns in Idaho.
The House State Affairs Committee split 7-7 on the bill, which would also have restricted the sale of Tasers and similar devices to minors. A bill requires a majority vote in committee to advance.
“I’m concerned about taking a tool away from law-abiding citizens,” said Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise. “I think our citizens need to have some options.”
The Fraternal Order of Police and Idaho Sheriff’s Association backed the proposal because of fears over potential misuse of the weapons.
Earlier this week, the Idaho Senate unanimously passed a separate bill to bar the carrying of stun guns by anyone convicted of a felony whose gun rights have not been restored.
Public safety officials throughout the country have been moving to restrict, and in some cases ban, the use of stunning devices in their departments.
The concerns have also prompted states to limit use of the weapons among the general public. At least seven states – Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin – bar citizens from owning the weapons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures possession of the devices.