The battle over the War Memorial Field in Sandpoint, Idaho rages on.
At the heart of the battle is Idaho’s state preemption law, and whether or not a city or county, who does not have the authority to regulate the possession of firearms themselves, can give power to a private entity to do it.
The issue came to a head last year when the “Festival at Sandpoint” decided to set up checkpoints to ensure that concert-goers were disarmed.
The city said it wasn’t their decision but used the Sandpoint Police Department to help enforce the Festival at Sandpoint’s disarmament checkpoints.
Sandpoint’s Mayor, Shelby Rognstad, refused to recognize Idaho’s preemption statute and their limitations as a city.
Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and the Bonner County Commissioners then filed suit against the city for the violation.
That suit is still ongoing.
Now, leftist-Mayor Rognstad is not only willing to continue to defend the city’s decision, but he also wants to create more ‘gun-free’ killing zones in Idaho.
On a post to his Facebook social media account, Mayor Rognstad told the citizens of Sandpoint he is working with legislators and the Idaho Association of Cities to change Idaho’s firearm preemption law to allow the banning of firearms during certain events.
When we asked Idaho State Representative Christy Zito what she thought about Rognstad’s proposal, she said, “I will never support creating more soft targets for killers and criminals to harm our citizens. I will work with the gun owners to do everything I can to stop a push for ‘gun-free’ zones in Idaho!“
We have warned that Idaho is not immune from the radical gun-grabbers who have overrun Oregon, Washington, and California.
Moms Demand Action recently held a “lobby day” at the Idaho capitol in Boise.
Now, the Idaho Association of Cities of which Rognstad is a Board Member, is trying to help gun-grabbers push more gun control into Idaho?
“The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance will oppose every single effort to push ‘gun-free’ zones in Idaho, and we will remind legislator’s constituents at election time if they decide to turn their back on gun owners,” said ISAA President Greg Pruett.
Mr. Pruett also encouraged gun owners in Idaho to call Mayor Rognstad and tell him to stop his ‘gun-free’ zone efforts, and to apologize to gun owners for the proposal.
You can reach Mayor Rognstad at 208-263-3310.
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