Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state. The laws have proven to be very popular, allowing gun owners to move freely without worrying about complying with a patchwork of laws from county to county, city to city. All states have some form of preemption law in place. In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances. In the case of Twin Falls, Idaho, an old ordinance prohibited carrying guns in county parks. The ordinance was in direct violation of state law . . .
The matter was brought to their attention by the Second Amendment Foundation, and commissioners voted unanimously to repeal the offending language. From magicvalley.com:
The change brings the county in compliance with a 2008 state law that forbids counties and cities from passing gun laws stricter than the state’s, except to restrict where you can fire a gun….
Commissioner Leon Mills said he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and the new law does that.
A local resident stood to oppose the law.
“What about my right to be in a public park, in a public place, that is free of guns?” asked Anne Martin.
This may come as a surprise to Ms. Martin, but there is no such “right.” To even ask the question is to demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of the definition of a right. To illustrate the fallacy of the question, consider it in regards to another right, free speech. The analogy would be, “What about my right not to hear speech that I disagree with in a public place?” If anyone had such a “right”, it would destroy the right to free speech. The “right” that Ann Martin desires isn’t a right, just the power to control others’ actions.
The Second Amendment Foundation is working to have these illegal ordinances repealed around the country.
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