Tough Decision On SB1389 Today

Today in the House State Affairs Committee we heard testimony on SB1389 – Permitless Concealed Carry. I received many emails and phone messages on both sides of this issue. Those views were also expressed in the committee hearing that we had today. Both sides had valid concerns from divergent perspectives regarding public safety. In the end, I was persuaded by the position expressed by our law enforcement officers on the street and voted for the measure. Both the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) representing those officers who are on the front line supported the bill. The letter from FOP states:

“The Idaho Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the largest police organization in Idaho with over 1800 members statewide and we support Senate Bill 1389. The Idaho FOP believes that law abiding, mentally sound and responsible gun owners are our partners in keeping crime rates low in Idaho. We are grateful for the legislators, the National Rifle Association and the Idaho Firearms Alliance for working with the FOP addressing our concerns, and crafting a responsible piece of legislation that our members support.”

The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association expressed similar support. Testimony by the Sheriffs’ Association resolved concerns about their ability to identify those who are felons or otherwise restricted from possessing guns through their electronic data system ILETS and other means. There was no evidence that a higher occurrence of gun incidents have occurred in other states with permitless carry, or in Idaho since permitless carry has been allowed outside of cities. Based upon the support of our law enforcement officials, I was persuaded to support their judgment regarding the safety of our citizens. Rep. Lynn Luker

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