State of Idaho Archives: on Gun Control


Michael Crapo: I oppose all efforts to weaken the Second Amendment

As a gun owner and lifelong hunter, I am fighting to protect and preserve our constitutional right to bear arms. I do not support gun control; we should not burden law-abiding citizens with additional gun restrictions that will not increase public safety. I will not support any legislation that hinders the ability of law-abiding citizens to acquire a firearm. I have consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights and will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken the Second Amendment.
Source: 2021 Idaho Senate campaign website CrapoForSenate.com Jun 16, 2021

Paulette Jordan: Opposes teachers being front line defenders in classrooms

Q:What is governor's role in providing leadership on firearms?

Jordan: It's important for the governor to say we will not carry over the national conversation. We see they want to mandate teachers having guns in classrooms, and this is where we have a stake to say this is not the culture we want in Idaho. We're listening to every community. The teachers' job is to teach, and why would we expect them to be front line defenders? Front line defenders are school resource officers.

Source: Idaho Business Review on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial race Apr 27, 2018

Brad Little: Remove the duty to flee in Idaho's self-defense laws

Q: Where do you stand on enacting "stand your ground" legislation in Idaho?

The issue: "Stand your ground" is a self-defense law that allows someone to use deadly force, instead of retreating, if they feel their safety is threatened at work, in their vehicle or other public settings. It is based on the "castle doctrine," a centuries-old law that allows someone to use deadly force while defending their home.

Little: "The Legislature continues to debate expanding self-defense laws in Idaho code. I would be supportive of a bill that provides a reasonable standard in removing the duty to flee in Idaho's self-defense laws."

Democratic opponent Paulette Jordan: : "Similar 'stand your ground' policies in other states have led to increased homicide rates, especially amongst children and people of color. Enacting this reckless legislation would make Idaho less fair and less safe."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Paulette Jordan: Stand-your-ground laws lead to homicide of people of color

Q: Where do you stand on enacting "stand your ground" legislation?

The issue: "Stand your ground" is a self-defense law that allows someone to use deadly force, instead of retreating, if they feel their safety is threatened at work, in their vehicle or other public settings.

Jordan: "While I recently voted to allow our bipartisan House to further debate a 'stand your ground' bill due to appeals by my constituents, I do not support this legislation. The bill seeks to undo Idaho's current gun laws, and as a gun owner myself, I am concerned by any attempt to loosen laws that enable us to protect ourselves. The fact is that similar 'stand your ground' policies in other states have led to increased homicide rates, especially amongst children and people of color. Enacting this reckless legislation would make Idaho less fair and less safe."

Lt. Gov. Brad Little: "I would be supportive of a bill that provides a reasonable standard in removing the duty to flee in Idaho's self-defense laws."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Raul Labrador: It is time to enact 'stand your ground' legislation in Idaho

Q: Where do you stand on enacting "stand your ground" legislation in Idaho?

The issue: "Stand your ground" is a self-defense law that allows someone to use deadly force, instead of retreating, if they feel their safety is threatened at work, in their vehicle or other public settings. It is based on the "castle doctrine," a centuries-old law that allows someone to use deadly force while defending their home.

Labrador: "Idaho must always defend the Second Amendment rights of our citizens. That is why I believe it is time to enact 'stand your ground' legislation in Idaho. Idaho should provide solid legal protection to people who must resort to deadly force in the protection of lives and property. As governor, I'll support and promote legislation protecting law-abiding citizens who stand their ground, or use force without retreating, in defense of themselves, their families and their fellow Idahoans."

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Brad Little: Second Amendment is a sacred trust

As a lifetime member of the NRA, I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment in Idaho is a sacred trust guaranteed by our Constitution--a fundamental and irrevocable right. Not only are guns vital to our way of life, they are important to our economy.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website BradLittleForIdaho.com Sep 1, 2017

Tommy Ahlquist: Oppose weakening right to bear arms

Some of Tommy's fondest memories of growing up are of hunting with his father. As a lifelong hunter and gun owner, he will defend and protect our Second Amendment rights. He will oppose any legislation that weakens the constitutional right to bear arms by responsible, law abiding citizens.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website TommyForIdaho.com Aug 8, 2017

Jerry Sturgill: Keep guns from terrorists, but we have enough laws

Sturgill, a lawyer, said he understands and supports the Second Amendment, but he said he would support efforts to "keep guns away from people who are terrorists or are insane." The country has enough gun control laws, Sturgill said, but they need to be enforced more effectively.
Source: Post-Register coverage of 2016 Idaho Senate race Jul 1, 2016

Nels Mitchell: High priority on right to hunt & fish on public lands

Mitchell said that, after jobs and the economy, he would focus on protecting Idahoans' right to hunt, fish and recreate on public lands. "Our public lands belong to all of us, and they should not be turned over to the state where they could be put up for sale."
Source: 2014 Idaho Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Jan 14, 2014

Gary Peters: Common sense safety measures, including background checks

We must come together to protect our children from gun violence and I think President Obama put a comprehensive package on the table. There is no single solution to ending gun violence, but we must do what we can to avert future tragedies, including common sense gun safety measures, expanded background checks for gun buyers, and school safety initiatives. In the days ahead, I will be urging my colleagues in Congress to put partisanship aside and work to prevent gun violence.
Source: Press release, "Gun Violence", re: 2014 Idaho Senate race Jan 16, 2013

Raul Labrador: Strong supporter of rights guaranteed by 2nd Amendment

Raul is a strong supporter of the rights guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment. He has always received an A rating from the National Rifle Association. Like he did in the Idaho Legislature, Raul will be an outspoken advocate and defender of your right to keep and bear arms in Congress. Raul is the only candidate who has a proven record of voting to protect and strengthen your 2nd amendment rights.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, labrador4idaho.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Jim Risch: Second Amendment is individual right that must be maintained

Like our Founding Fathers, I oppose any abridgement of the right to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment is an individual right that must be maintained. Like our Founding Fathers, I oppose any abridgement of the right to keep and bear arms.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Idaho Senate race Apr 3, 2008

Jerry Brady: Opposes limiting Idahoans’ right to bear arms

Jerry Brady believes in the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution and opposes limiting Idahoans’ right to bear arms.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, bradyforidaho.org Nov 7, 2006

Brad Little: Opposes constitutional right to hunt, trap, and fish

Legislative Summary:Legislative Outcome: Sen. Little voted NAY; failed Senate 18-16-1, March 1.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on SJR 106 Mar 1, 2006

Russ Fulcher: Establish constitutional right to hunt, trap, and fish

Legislative Summary:Legislative Outcome: Sen. Fulcher voted AYE; failed Senate 18-16-1, March 1.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on SJR 106 Mar 1, 2006

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