While gun owners are busy fighting back against AR-15 and magazine bans, the gun control crowd has been working on another major gun control push.
Democrat lawmakers and radical gun control groups like Moms Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety have long wanted to rid states of firearm preemption laws.
In Florida, cities have sued the state and demanded that penalties for their violation of the preemption statute be removed.
Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states have also seen attacks on firearm preemption in recent years.
Gun grabbers would love nothing more than to be able to enforce their own radical gun control agendas.
In the Northwest, radical Democrats in Washington are trying (HB 1374) to give more local control to cities and counties by eliminating firearm preemption completely.
House Bill 1374 already has 17 legislators on board and has already had its first public hearing.
A repeal of Washington’s firearm preemption would have devastating consequences on gun owners across the state.
No longer would the firearm laws be the same no matter where you traveled in Washington, but there would be a patchwork of laws from city to city.
Imagine a city like Seattle, with its rampant crime and dirty public property telling gun owners they can’t carry a gun for self-defense!
This would greatly increase the risk that a gun owner would inadvertently violate a local ordinance and face fines or imprisonment.
Gun owners in Washington must speak out against any changes to the firearm preemption statute which has been in place for decades.
This is one of the most crucial gun control bills that gun owners must kill in 2020.
In Idaho, Rep. John Gannon (D-17) from Boise is considering a bill to let Idaho’s cities and counties regulate how many rounds a citizen can carry onto public property.
Not only is this type of policy illogical, it certainly isn’t going to stop a determined criminal from harming innocent people.
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett, when asked about the idea said, “We spoke with Rep. Gannon about his proposal and informed him that the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance would not support his proposal.”
Idaho has had firearm preemption since 2008.
Sandpoint and a number of other cities have made efforts to ignore the law since that time.
Rep. Christy Zito (R-23) and Rep. Heather Scott (R-1) are submitting a bill to add penalties to the existing statute for those who individuals who knowingly and willfully violate the firearm preemption law.
While Rep. Gannon’s proposal is unlikely to go anywhere, it does show that perhaps Democrats in Idaho are feeling bolder about what proposals they will bring forward.
Idahoans better be on the lookout for more radical proposals in the future.