Bill Criminalizing Enforcement Of New Federal Gun Laws Passes Idaho House

March 12, 2013 - 9:57 AM

The Idaho House of Representatives has passed a bill that criminalizes the act of enforcing any new federal laws than ban, restrict, confiscate, or require registration of firearms or ammunition in violation of the state's constitution.

Rep. Mark Patterson's bill, HB 219, will charge Idaho law enforcement officers with misdemeanors if they act to enforce any new federal laws regarding confiscation of firearms or ammunition.

The bill, named "Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act" states the following:

(1) Any official, agent or employee of the state of Idaho or a political subdivision thereof who knowingly and willfully enforces or orders an official, agent or employee of the state of Idaho or a political subdivision of the state to enforce any order, law, rule or regulation of the United States government as provided in subsection (2) of this section upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Idaho shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not to exceed one (1) year, or shall be subject to both such fine and imprisonment.

Subsection 2 reads:

No federal order, law, rule or regulation issued, enacted or promulgated on or after January 1, 2013, shall be knowingly or willfully enforced by any agent of the state or a political subdivision of the state if, contrary to the provisions of section 11, article I, of the constitution of the state of Idaho, such order, law, rule or regulation:

(a) Bans or restricts ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or

(b) Requires any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.

The Idaho House passed the measure by a 55-13 vote on March 11, 2013.

The full text of the bill can be read here.

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