Gun owners march to the Idaho Capitol in support of 2nd Amendment

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Gun owners march to the Idaho Capitol in support of 2nd Amendment

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on January 13, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 7:31 PM

BOISE -- More than 100 people marched to the Statehouse Monday in an effort to strengthen Idaho's support for gun owners.

Those that marched said Idaho is a good state for gun owners, but not good enough.  They want new legislation passed this year to help "decriminalize guns."

"The right to keep and bear arms.  It is a God given right, and it is up to all of us to protect it vigorously," said Wayne Hoffman, President of Idaho Freedom Foundation.

The Second Amendment rally started with a march to the Capitol.

"What brought me out is to be here to help defend our Second Amendment rights," said Darryl Ford.

Once there, rally goers called for changes to Idaho's gun laws.

"If we don't get a handle on the restoration of freedom, and do it in this generation, in this year, in this election cycle, we may be in a world of hurt," said Hoffman.

Some admitted Idaho's laws are already fairly supportive of gun manufacturers and gun owners with legal open carry, no registration, and no assault weapon laws. But, these people want Idaho at the forefront of gun rights.

"We've fallen behind," said gun rights attorney Alex Kincaid.

"We're going to decriminalize the Second Amendment. That's what we're going to do," said Greg Pruett.

They want Idaho teachers to be able to carry guns, guns to be legal on college campuses, and to do away with permits for carrying concealed weapons. They also want a new castle doctrine, which is supposed to provide civil immunity to people who use physical or deadly force against home invaders.

"Guns and Ammo came out with a review that ranked Idaho 32nd in the country for protecting gun owners," said Kincaid.  "One of the primary reasons is our castle doctrine is archaic. It's ambiguous, it doesn't protect gun owners very well, and it placed us right in the middle of the pack."

So, Kincaid drafted a new castle doctrine bill. Sen. Marv Hagedorn is one of the sponsors of that bill, and says he expects it to pass this year, along with possibly, some others.

"This is part of our character in Idaho and you have to protect that. And the laws we're talking about this year are critically important to protecting that character of our constitution," said Hagedorn.

As far as that castle doctrine is concerned, Kincaid says the NRA will back it, and if it passes, it will be one of the strongest, if not strongest, in the nation.

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