Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ID:Two Rallies in Support of Constitutional Carry

The above rally in Boise, on Saturday, 21 February, 2015, was attended by over 200 supporters of H0089.  The bill, which would remove a number of current restrictions on the carry of firearms in Idaho law.   The local media is said to have reported that there were "dozens" That is accurate but misleading.  After all, 300 people are also "dozens" of people.  Common usage is that once 200 items are reached, they are called "hundreds", not "dozens".  From ISSA facebook page:
Watched Channel 2 and 7 news tonight. No surprise that coverage was sparse and biased. Good thing we have other media outlets like TVOI to do some great coverage of our events.

Channel 7 said "dozens" gathered. Our estimates were probably around 300. So saying "hundreds" would have been too difficult for them to swallow apparently.
There was a sister rally in Rexburg.   Here is an image of it.

The rally in Rexburg was also in support of HB89, a bill that would complete Idaho's reform to a constitutional carry state.   From localnews8.com:
REXBURG, Idaho - If passed, House Bill 89 would allow people to carry guns without a concealed weapons permit.
Currently under Idaho code, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon without a license.

"We're committed to keep doing this until we see some changes," Dan Roberts said.

Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming have constitutional carry.
"We think it's time for Idaho to get on board," Roberts said.
Unfortunately, the reporter makes a serious error in the second sentence. Idahoans can already carry concealed in 99% of the state without a concealed carry permit. From idaho.gov:
(12) The requirement to secure a license to carry a concealed weapon under this section shall not apply to the following persons: 

(d) Any person outside the limits of or confines of any city while engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, trapping or other lawful outdoor activity;
The vast majority of Idaho is outside of cities.  It is one of the most rural states.  What is lawful outdoor activity?  Virtually every activity that takes place outside that is lawful; in other words, every activity outside that is not forbidden by law.

That exception, (d) is clearly over 99% of the State.  So the entire battle is for the remaining small portion of the state that is not already legal to carry without a permit.  The bill even allows those "progressive" strongholds, the Universities, their bans on people concealed carrying on campus without an enhanced permit.

This is the sort of activism that is being used to reform gun laws and restore second amendment rights all over the country.  

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