Gun bill that would nix lawmaker loophole moves on

Gun bill that would nix lawmaker loophole moves on

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) --  A bill that would hold lawmakers to the same standard as voters when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon passed through the Senate State Affairs Committee to the floor Tuesday.

Representative Youngblood is backing the bill that would put him and fellow lawmakers on the same level as voters. Idaho is the only state that allows lawmakers to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, and many agree that it's time the exemption gets nixed.

Rep. Joe Palmer asked why the exemption was put into law in the first place.

Other lawmakers passed the bill through to the floor with huge support.

"I think it's only right that public officials be under the same general laws as the general public and this is a good step in that direction," Rep. John Gannon said.

But not every lawmaker is on board. The bill would allow police officers, jail guards and court security workers to carry without a permit. Rep. McMillan said that's what she's not on board with. If they can carry without a permit, she wants that right too.

"It's a good thing, probably," Rep. McMillan said. "But we're elected by our people to come here and we need the extra protection sometimes, maybe, maybe not of having a concealed weapon."