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Former lawmaker plans lawsuit against sheriff

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise has taken the initial step in filing a lawsuit against Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney after Raney stripped Patterson of his concealed weapons license last year. The Idaho Statesman reports ( in a story on Monday that Patterson last month filed a tort claim, a precursor to a lawsuit against a public entity. Raney revoked Patterson's concealed weapons permit in late October for not revealing an attempted rape conviction from 1974. However, as long as he remained a legislator, Patterson was able to continue carrying a concealed gun without a permit. But he quit the Legislature in January. Patterson declined to comment. Sheriff spokesman Patrick Orr says Raney doesn't consider the county vulnerable to Patterson's claim.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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