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In a recent letter, Peggy Bohl asked our legislators to enact several gun control laws. She must be unaware that, over 40 years ago, 82% of Idaho voters approved amendment our constitution to prohibit those laws. Article 1 Section 11 of the Idaho Constitution states, in relevant part, “No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition.” Black’s Law Dictionary defines “license” as a permission from the state to do something which would be unlawful without that permission. Ms. Bohl desires legislation that would force Idahoans to get permission from the state to purchase guns. We would have to pass mental health screenings and criminal background checks to get that permission. Such licensing laws are clearly prohibited by our constitution. Red flag laws allowing judges to order confiscation of guns from law-abiding people are also prohibited by Article 1 Section 11: “Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.” Most Idahoans would work with Ms. Bohl to implement common sense measures like gun safety classes in schools. But we’ve banned confiscation of firearms and invasive background checks. [full article]

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