BOISE – Reality TV star “Dog the Bounty Hunter” says he helped kill a proposed law in Idaho regulating bounty hunters because it would have prevented the wearing of badges.
Duane Chapman also told the Post Register in a story Tuesday that the law would have prevented bounty hunters licensed in other states from pursuing bail jumpers in Idaho unless they also had an Idaho license to carry a concealed weapon.
Bounty hunters would also have to wear special clothes identifying their occupation.
In Idaho’s recently completed legislative session, the bill cleared the House but not the Senate after Chapman lobbied against it.
The proposed law came about after bounty hunters in eastern Idaho last year shot and killed a man at an apartment complex.
Authorities ruled the shooting justifiable.
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