GOP lawmakers in 3 conservative states reject gun control bills
By Chris Eger
The dome of the New Hampshire State House, one of the trio of Republican-controlled legislatures that rebuffed efforts at more gun control in the past week. (Photo: @NHHouseofReps)
Republicans in Idaho, New Hampshire, and Utah have put the brakes on attempts to implement more regulation on guns so far this week.
A bill to strip gun rights from misdemeanor domestic abusers was rebuffed by the Idaho House on Monday 39-31, with those opposed citing Second Amendment reasons and calling the measure unenforceable.
“Statistics show if people want to have access to a gun, they will,” said state Rep. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, speaking against the proposal. “There’s no way for us to enforce this.”
Others pointed out the move simply mimicked a federal law already in place that prohibits those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm. A fiscal analysis found that, by creating a state statute as well, as much as $31,000 a year in fines and fees could be collected from offenders, but this would largely be offset by increased workloads on Idaho’s courts, prosecutors, and public defenders.
In New Hampshire, the GOP-controlled House on Tuesday voted 178-144 against a proposal to ban bump stocks and raise the