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Gun-toting Greg Pruett not doing Idahoans any favors — Tribune

Justin Pervis holds alongside Jen Paull, both residents of Hayden, prior to the pro-gun rally start. Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett brought his cause to Coeur d'Alene's City Park over the weekend, attracting 200 supporters. (Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)
Justin Pervis holds alongside Jen Paull, both residents of Hayden, prior to the pro-gun rally start. Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett brought his cause to Coeur d'Alene's City Park over the weekend, attracting 200 supporters. (Shawn Gust/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Allowing Idahoans to carry concealed weapons without a permit may satisfy the political ambitions of the fellow pushing that idea, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett. But what about the ordinary concealed weapon-carrying citizen? Pruett has been pushing to eliminate the permitting process that involves background checks and screening out those who have forfeited their rights to gun ownership - convicted felons, the mentally ill and people who have been dishonorably discharged from the armed services. The process also requires concealed weapon permit applicants to undergo some training. That's a far cry from an earlier era, when you had to persuade law enforcement to issue a concealed weapons permit. Today, if a sheriff wants to refuse to issue a permit, he needs to give cause. It's not enough for Pruett, who argues this is about the Second Amendment's guarantee to keep and bear arms/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: I'd guess 8 out of 9 of our Kootenai County legislators would support constitutional carry? Do you think I'm right or wrong?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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