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Bill would let Idahoans carry concealed guns without permits

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents would be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit under a new bill introduced by the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Greg Pruett with the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance said the legislation, dubbed the "Constitutional Carry" bill, would not affect enhanced permits like those required to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses. The panel voted to introduce the bill along party lines, with its four Democrats voting no. Democratic Rep. Elaine Smith from Pocatello raised concern that the bill did not require any formal training to carry a weapon. Pruett responded that Idaho residents are generally very responsible with their guns. Five other states have similar legislation.

Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence has a full report here on his "Political Theater" blog about this morning's House State Affairs Committee meeting, including both the abortion bill and the concealed-guns bill. AP reporter Ryan Struyk has a full article here on the concealed-carry bill.

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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