Boise lawmaker's firearms passion extends beyond 2013 session

Boise lawmaker's firearms passion extends beyond 2013 session

Credit: Idaho Legislature

Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 11:29 AM

BOISE -- The 2013 Legislature's passionate debate over gun rights has been extended beyond the session, with a lawmaker whose bill was killed now complaining that his measure was torpedoed by lobbyists who weren't properly registered.

Republican Rep. Mark Patterson of Boise sponsored a measure to charge Idaho law enforcement officers with a crime for assisting the federal government in confiscating newly banned weapons.

The bill died.

But Patterson this month complained to the Idaho secretary of state that Idaho Sheriff's Association director Vaughn Killeen wasn't registered as a lobbyist.

Furthermore, Patterson contends the group's registered lobbyist, Michael Kane, didn't properly disclose his firearms-related lobbying.

Killeen and Kane have since amended their filings.

Killeen contends he wasn't required to register as a lobbyist, but did so May 15 to avoid future misunderstandings.

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