AMERICAN FALLS — The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, the group advocating for constitutional carry of firearms in the state, is now working with municipalities to bring outdated firearms ordinances into compliance with state law.
Greg Pruett, president of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, said the group sent out 50 letters to Idaho counties and cities putting them on notice that ordinances on their books violated the state preemption law. The city of American Falls and Bannock County were among those entities.
Pruett said in 2008 Idaho Legislators enacted preemption laws that prohibit cities and counties from enacting any firearms ordinances other than rules regarding discharge of weapons.
In American Falls, a 50-year-old ordinance made it illegal to carry a firearm in the city limits, and a second stated that it was unlawful for anyone other than the police to fire a weapon in the city.
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance worked with the American Falls City Council and Police Chief Brandon Wilkinson to rewrite the defunct city ordinance.
Pruett said the code banning possession of firearms was tossed out, and a self-defense clause was added to the discharge ordinance.
Wilkinson said he reviewed and approved the new ordinance, and the City Council will vote on the ordinance May 6.
Pruett said Bannock County had already amended its outdated ordinance that banned firearms in county buildings. The only county facility where weapons can be lawfully banned, according to the Preemption Act, are courthouses.
In Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls and Weiser signs were removed that banned weapons from city parks, and Couer d’Alene had a city ordinance left over from the days of Aryan Nation marches in the city that prohibited weapons within 1,000 yards of parades and public gatherings.
“The city of Couer d’Alene ended up taking their case to the Attorney General,” Pruett said.
An ordinance in Kuna prohibited firearms at a public skate park, which is a violation of Idaho’s preemption statute.
Of the 50 municipalities put on notice, 23 have written new ordinances or amended old codes to bring them into compliance with state law.