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Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson can carry gun without permit

BOISE – A legislator whose concealed weapon permit was revoked for lying about a long-ago rape case can still legally carry hidden guns – because Idaho is the only state in the nation that exempts elected officials from the permit law. The case of state Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, is bringing new attention to the 1990 Idaho law that provides the exemption, and some Idaho lawmakers say it’s time for a change.

Idaho legislator may lose concealed weapons permit

An Idaho legislator may lose his permit to carry a concealed weapon because a sheriff says the Republican's application failed to disclose a 1974 guilty plea tied to a Florida rape case.

NRA sets its sights on Washington state politics

SEATTLE – When it comes to local politics, the National Rifle Association appears to be keeping a close eye on Washington state. The prominent gun-rights group contributed more to local candidates in Washington than anywhere else in the country last year: $68,300, according to a report released Friday by the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics.

Otter woos gun makers to set up shop in Idaho

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state. Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 states promoting the benefits of relocating to Idaho. He also declared May “2nd Amendment Protection Month” statewide.

Otter to gun, ammo makers: Move to Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a push to attract gun and ammunition manufacturers to relocate to his state, sending pitch letters to 79 of them in 28 states and proclaiming May as “2nd Amendment Protection Month” in Idaho.

Veteran chases down, detains burglary suspect

As concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility. They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime example.

Gun laws make Idaho a haven for firearms supporters

BOISE – As the nation remains locked in debate over expanding background checks and other measures aimed at stemming gun violence, Idaho lawmakers this year pushed to expand the state’s already-friendly posture on gun rights. “There’s little doubt that Idahoans are very supportive of the Second Amendment,” said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Twin Falls. “I think we made significant progress on that front.”

Alleged car thief shot, dies nearby

Spokane County prosecutors will have to decide whether to file charges against a homeowner who shot and killed a man allegedly stealing his vehicle Monday morning near East Mission Avenue and North Lee Street. The homeowner in the 1400 block of Lee called 911 just before 8 a.m. to report that his vehicle had been stolen, that the alleged thief was armed, and that he had fired at the thief, according to Spokane police.

Washington House gun registration bill not voted

OLYMPIA – Democrats abandoned a bill to require wider background checks for gun purchases late Tuesday, after disagreements over the proposals caused the House of Representatives to grind to a halt for a second afternoon Tuesday. “It does not appear we are going to make it,” Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, said Tuesday evening announcing that the proposal did not have the necessary 50 votes to pass before today’s 5 p.m. deadline. “It turns out it was just too big of a stretch.”

Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 election.

Hundreds rally for guns in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Second Amendment activists came well-armed Friday to a Capitol Campus rally, where Washington legislators promised to protect broad access to firearms and speakers denounced President Barack Obama and gun control. With the Legislature considering proposals to ban some firearms and high-capacity clips or require background checks for all gun sales, some speakers urged the crowd to prepare for a fight over their gun rights.