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Gun lobby celebrates brave new Idaho

In his editorial today, Opinion Editor Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune comments on the permitless carry law that takes effect today:

Today, Idaho enters the brave new world of conceal carry and forget. As of now, you can strap on a shoulder holster, pick up a handgun and carry it under your jacket. No training is required. There's no live shooting experience demanded. Nobody will run a background check on you. As long as you're 21 or older, you no longer need any kind of permit.

In passing that law, Idaho legislators ignored the concerns of people such as firearms instructor David Steed, who told them: " ... Listen to the questions we get. 'Can I carry in a bar? Can I drink? Can I go down to a bank and carry?' ... Whether we go permitless or we don't, where's the education?" Equally disregarded were the people running some of Idaho's largest police departments, such as Boise Police Chief Bill Bones, Meridian Chief Jeff Lavey and Garden City Chief Rick Allen.

The only voice that counted was the gun lobby. More here.

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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