Guns

Policy
5:44 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Washington Background Check Measure Retains Healthy Lead

According to the latest Elway Poll released Monday, a ballot measure to expand background checks for gun sales in Washington has lost some support, but still enjoys a healthy lead.

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Gun Rights
11:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Boise State Agrees To Change Event Policies In Face Of Possible Lawsuit

Boise State University officials say they will change their on-campus event policies after facing a possible lawsuit from private legal organizations.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho had accused the university of violating the First Amendment after it charged a student organization security fees for a gun-rights event earlier this year.

University officials had already reimbursed the students $465 but they say will now suspend the policies that allow them to charge for enhanced security.

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Accidental Shooting
8:06 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Police Investigate How An Idaho Professor Shot Himself During A Class

Idaho State University is in Pocatello, Idaho.
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Police in Pocatello are investigating how an Idaho State University professor accidentally shot himself in the foot during class. The Idaho State Journal reports the chemistry professor's gun discharged in his pocket.

The injury was non-life threatening and no one else was harmed. But critics of guns-on-campus laws are pointing to the incident is a cautionary tale.

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Idaho News
9:40 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Accidental Shooting Injures Idaho State University Instructor

An Idaho State University instructor received a foot wound after his concealed handgun discharged on campus.

Pocatello police say officers responded to a report of a shot fired on campus at about 4 p.m. Tuesday and found the instructor in the Physical Science Complex with a non-life threatening injury.

Lt. Paul Manning says the instructor was treated and released at Portneuf Medical Center.

Police say the instructor has an enhanced concealed carry permit that's needed to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus.

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Idaho News
1:34 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Idaho Child Accidentally Shoots, Kills 5 Year Old Girl

A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.

Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The hospital confirmed later in the evening the girl had died.

In a statement Thursday, police said adults were in the home at the time of the shooting but were in a different room.

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NPR Story
9:01 am
Wed July 30, 2014

How Twitter Amplified An NRA Lobbyist's Comments

The Yes on 594 campaign used Twitter to quickly disseminate comments by NRA lobbyist Brian Judy.

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:40 pm

Supporters of a Washington gun control measure on the November ballot may have just gotten a mid-summer boost. They’re capitalizing on an audio recording that recently surfaced.

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Public Lands
3:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range

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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range. 

The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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Gun Rights
5:13 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Group Could Sue Boise State Over Fees Charged For Gun Rights Event

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

A private legal organization says they are willing to pursue all options with Boise State University after raising concerns how school officials handled a Second Amendment rights event earlier this year.

The Center for Defense of Liberty, a litigation organization under the Idaho Freedom Foundation, says Boise State violated First Amendment rights when it charged the Young Americans for Liberty more than $450 when they sponsored gun rights advocate Dick Heller to speak at the university campus in May.

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It's All Politics
1:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a rifle on stage at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference earlier this year.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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Politics
8:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Congressional candidate Clint Didier's 'Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway'

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd Amendment advocates and to increase the names on his campaign mailing list.

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Business
4:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Chipotle: Don't Bring Guns In Our Stores

Chipotle has two restaurants in Boise and one in Meridian, Idaho.
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Chipotle is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores after it says gun rights advocates recently brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants.

The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms. According to its website, Chipotle has three restaurants in Idaho.

But in a statement Monday, the company said that "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers."

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Policy
9:45 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Facebook Gun Clubs Buy, Sell, Trade And Cause A Stir

A selection of guns on display.
Elena Liachenko/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:01 am

Mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have put access to firearms in the cross-hairs of gun control groups. Last year, some gun control advocates urged Facebook to ban posts advertising guns.

Facebook recently announced that it wouldn't do that, but that it would tighten its rules. Some gun control groups say Facebook missed the mark, but for gun owners, it's a good deal.

Cody Bourgeois recently got a new Smith and Wesson M&P .40 semi-automatic. He says it was his wife's idea.

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Idaho News
3:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Loaded Handgun Confiscated At Boise Airport

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A southwest Idaho man police say carried a loaded handgun into a security checkpoint at the Boise Airport has been cited with a misdemeanor.

Boise police say Transportation Security Administration agents found the weapon at 5:55 a.m. Thursday and notified police.

Police say they confiscated the weapon from the Nampa man who arrived at the airport to catch a flight to Salt Lake City.

Police didn't release the man's name or provide details on the weapon.

A message left with a police spokeswoman by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.

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Election 2014
9:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Idaho Governor Candidate Spurns NRA Questionnaire

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses.

Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA.

Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.

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Idaho News
9:39 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Idaho Sheriff Offers Free Concealed Carry Course

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The Cassia County Sheriff's Office in south-central Idaho is offering free instruction for enhanced concealed carry gun permits.

Sheriff Jay Heward tells The Times-News that so many residents are interested he decided to offer the eight-hour class for free.

The course taken elsewhere can cost $150. The enhanced permit is honored in Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Virginia and South Carolina.

The course includes safety instruction and requires each student to shoot 100 rounds on a gun range under the instruction of police.

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Guns
4:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Idaho Mental Health Records Added To FBI Gun Check

Idaho added mental health records to a national Federal Bureau of Investigations database, making it easier for background checks to discover if would-be gun owners have a history of mental illness.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports gun store customers are asked to complete a form revealing their legal status, criminal history and whether they have been committed to an institution for health reasons or found mentally unfit by a court.

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Higher Education
11:02 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University has released its preliminary plans for implementing the state’s new guns-on-campus law. It and other state colleges and universities have until July 1 before the law goes into effect.

The update from the university came in the form of an email Thursday from university president Bob Kustra. He says the school is in the process of revising policies and procedures and that administrators have already made several decisions. 

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Idaho Legislature
5:36 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Signs Guns On Campus Bill

Credit Idaho Statesman

Starting July 1, students, staff and visitors to Idaho's college and university campuses will be legally allowed to carry concealed guns with a permit. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed Senate Bill 1254 into law Wednesday, making Idaho the seventh state to allow guns on campuses.

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Idaho Legislature
2:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Idaho Legislators Will Retain Special Gun Privileges

This statue of George Washington sits on the fourth floor of the Idaho Capitol.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

An Idaho Senate panel has killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Among the leading advocates of killing the House-passed bill was Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is running for governor.

“My vote will not be to willingly give up the privilege that our predecessors granted,” said Fulcher. “We do not need to relinquish our privileges.”

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Idaho Legislature
6:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill

File photo of the campus of Boise State University
Laura Gilmore Flickr

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 5:13 pm

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

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