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Idaho Gun Laws: Can Towns and Cities Make Local Rules?

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By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 11:31 PM

Though Idaho is very much a gun-friendly state, there are still a number of laws concerning gun purchases, ownership, and use. Cities, towns and counties in Idaho are not allowed to pass any laws regulating sales, ownership, possession, transfer, storage, carrying of any firearms. The state is in full control of its gun laws.

One organization, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, is now working with certain Idaho counties, through the Preemption Project. They have worked with 14 counties to help them comply with Idaho gun laws.

The results have shown that the local governments are willing to cease or adjust their laws to comply with the state. However one local town, Coeur d’Alene, was not willing to change its laws.

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The Idaho Freedom Foundation proposed fines on local governments that do not follow state gun laws, similar to the situation that currently exists in Florida.

Other towns in Idaho, like Greenleaf, want to uphold the state laws, to protect residents from harm.

In 2006, Greenleaf City Councilor Steven Jett proposed a law that asked the residents to keep a gun in their homes.

This ordinance was in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast, where there was looting and other incidents.

The concern was that since Greenleaf is on high ground and surrounded by reservoirs, it is also at risk for flooding, and the damage that occurred to New Orleans and other towns after Hurricane Katrina could happen there as well.

The town, which was founded by Quakers, did hear criticism from a local pastor about promoting gun possession. Nonetheless, the ordinance did pass, and applied to all residents who did not object on religious or other grounds to keeping a gun in the home.

Municipalities that ask residents to keep guns for protection from criminals also need to consider how such laws impact the daily routine of their residents.

In the case of Greenleaf, 80 percent of its 862 residents already owned a gun, so the ordinance did not conflict with the state and local government.

Local governments do need to work with Idaho state government to create fair and just gun laws that provide a balance of power that benefits all residents.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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