Bill would charge Idaho police with a crime for seizing banned guns

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Rep. Mark Patterson

Idaho law enforcement officers who help the federal government confiscate newly-banned firearms or ammunition would be guilty of a crime under legislation under consideration in Boise.

A measure introduced Monday in the House State Affairs Committee seeks to interfere with attempts by President Obama and Congress to ban semiautomatic weapons or other firearms following the massacre of Connecticut elementary school students.

Government employees in Idaho who help enforce new federal firearms restrictions or registration requirements would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable with jail and a $1,000 fine.

Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise said he seeks to ensure protection of what he views as Idaho residents’ “inalienable God-given rights to defend themselves.”

A second bill, also introduced Monday (MON), strengthens existing Idaho law that aims to ban federal regulation of Idaho-made weapons that never leave the state.

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