Volunteers from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America testified against new gun legislation in Idaho, Monday, March 16.
The purpose of Moms Demand Action is to put an end to gun violence in America, according to the organization’s website.
The group was formed in December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, according to the group’s Facebook page.
The group has four goals including closing loopholes in background check systems, promoting gun safety across the country, supporting limits of where people can carry a firearm, and creating enforceable laws that addresses gun trafficking.
The group is also in support of keeping guns out of reach from children, according to the Moms Demand Action website.
“In our view, the Legislature should reject HB301 for several reasons,” said Dolores Aragon, Idaho chapter leader of Moms Demand Action.
The House bill in question would dismiss the current permitting system and would allow gun owners to carry concealed handguns in public without a permit, according to the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America press release.
The bill is aimed to re-code existing laws and clarify guidance on rights and restrictions for citizens and law enforcement, according to the House Bill’s Statement of Purpose.
Current Idaho gun laws make it illegal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, according to the Idaho Legislature, but it is not required when buying a firearm.
“We had several members ready to testify at the House State Affairs Committee hearing last Monday on March 16,” Aragon said. “However, because of time constraints, not all of us were able to speak.”
House Bill 301 would eliminate permitting requirements outside of city limits, according to the press release.
The bill would allow individuals who have not been subject to criminal background checks or basic safety training courses to carry concealed weapons in all public places in Idaho, according to the press release.
Aragon said this bill would be eliminating the basics of public safety and, therefore, should be of no interest to the Legislature.
“Moms Demand Action respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners, but the proposed legislation would impose an uneven playing field for Idahoans,” Aragon said. “Most Americans agree that it’s common sense to require a clean criminal record and basic safety training for those who wish to carry a concealed gun in public, and elected officials shouldn’t be above the law and shouldn’t write rules for themselves that don’t apply to everyone else.”
The bill, first introduced to the Idaho Legislature on March 10, is now updated and reintroduced as of March 20.
The bill recognizes the people’s right to keep and bear arms while allowing the Legislature to determine the regulation of those weapons, according to House Bill 301.
Six Representatives of the House support the legislation, with Sen. Curt McKenzie leading the bill.
“We can support the Second Amendment while doing so much more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and make our communities safer,” according to the Moms Demand Action Mission statement.