East Idaho Sheriffs Don’t Support New Conceal Carry Bill
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Two eastern Idaho law enforcement officials and a firearms instructor say allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit is a bad idea.
Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen, Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand and firearms instructor Sam Clark tell the Idaho State Journal that the "Constitutional Carry" bill introduced by lawmakers last week presents problems.
Nielsen says he likes to be able to do background checks on people who want a concealed-carry permit to find out if they have a criminal record.
Marchand says the law would make the job police do much tougher.
Clark provides weapons training at Idaho Combat Systems. He says training should be required to carry a weapon because of the added responsibility and legal issues involved if the weapon is actually used.