Bill aimed to prevent federal gun laws from being enforced in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gun-rights advocates and Idaho law enforcement have resolved differences over a bill that would punish Idaho police and sheriffs who help confiscate federally banned firearms.
The measure, which allows lawmakers to trumpet their Second Amendment credibility, cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee Friday.
That's a far cry from a year ago, when a similar measure stalled in the panel.
Then, there were concerns it might complicate relationships between Idaho police and federal agencies that cooperate on drug investigations.
Now, officials representing law-enforcement agencies say they don't object to the revamped measure.
Many doubt it will ever be invoked.
Though it's meant to address fears President Barack Obama might forbid certain weapons, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Marv Hagedorn, concedes he's heard nothing intimating an imminent ban.
Now, the Senate will vote.