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Gun group head on charges of phone harassment: ‘There are a lot of angry gun owners’

A day after Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, spoke out on the House floor about supporters of a concealed-carry bill harassing lawmakers’ families, the Associated Press reports that the National Association for Gun Rights posted a picture online of Loertscher superimposed over the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The image also contained his phone number and urged people to call him because he's blocking the bill.

"There are a lot of angry gun owners that want a hearing on House Bill 89," Greg Pruett, the group's president, told the AP. Loertscher, who chairs the committee in which the bill is pending, said backers of HB 89 have been calling lawmakers’ homes – while the lawmakers themselves are in Boise for the legislative session – and harassing their families. "I would hope the people of this state recognize that this is not the way to win friends and influence people," he declared. You can read the AP’s full report here. HB 89, nicknamed the "constitutional carry" bill, would allow Idahoans to carry concealed guns without a permit. Separate legislation pending in the Senate would revamp Idaho's concealed carry laws.

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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