Idaho House committee clears measure to charge officers who lawfully confiscate guns

Rep. Mark Patterson

Rep. Mark Patterson

Idaho law enforcement officials who help enforce any new federal firearms restrictions or registration requirements could be charged with a misdemeanor under legislation advancing through the state House.

A bill passed along party lines by the House State Affairs Committee on Friday could bring jail time and fines to any sheriff’s deputy or other government worker who helps federal agents confiscate any newly banned firearms or ammunition.

Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson and a group of supporters testified the bill is simply intended to head off attempts by the federal government to outlaw semi-automatic weapons.

The measure was part of a pair of gun proposals discussed Friday.  The committee also endorsed a measure exempting firearms manufactured in Idaho from being confiscated by the federal government.  (AP)

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