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Otter on concealed carry, Attorney General’s office, Bible in schools…

Other topics Gov. Butch Otter has addressed today:

CONCEALED CARRY: Otter said he supports bill and signed it into law, but would have preferred that it require Idahoans to get some firearms training before carrying a concealed gun without a permit. The bill permits Idahoans age 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a permit inside city limits. “I would encourage all folks who are going to carry to seek out a place where they could get training on carrying weapons,” he said.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Otter said he shares some concerns with Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis about the structure of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office, as consolidated years ago under then-Attorney General Al Lance. “I would relish a change,” Otter said. “I’ve polled my directors, and there are a lot of ‘em that are very, very satisfied, and in fact if given that opportunity, they would hire that very same person that the Attorney General has assigned to them.” But he said he’s not sure Idaho should stick with the consolidated system where all agency attorneys report to the Attorney General, rather than to the agency.

BIBLE IN SCHOOLS: Asked whether he’ll sign a controversial bill “expressly permitting” the use of the Bible and other religious texts in schools – despite the Idaho Constitution’s strict prohibition of that – Otter said, “I’ve got advice on both sides. Advice on one said you’re going to get sued, and the Constitutional Defense Fund is going to get hit for more money. And other side, they can use the Bible in the classroom right now, and they were instructed on how they could use the Bible in the classroom before. And it’s not just the Bible, it’s any religious text.” Otter said he hasn’t yet decided whether or not to sign the 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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