February 8, 2014
An Idaho legislator had his concealed weapons permit revoked because it was discovered that he had lied on his application about having had a withheld judgment for a felony case. He considered an appeal, because...
He says he doesn’t even remember the 1974 incident that he didn’t include on the application. He does, however, remember that the police lied about it.
He gets to keep carrying his concealed weapon, though, because Idaho legislators don’t need permits to carry concealed weapons.
Well, now there’s a bill in the state legislature to no longer allow legislators to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Opposing the bill: Not only Mark Patterson, the guy mentioned above, but Rep. Lenore Barrett, who was stopped at airport security in 2001 because she didn’t think that she had her loaded .22 and 56 live rounds in her purse.
With this kind of mental acuity amongst our elected officials, their belief in their own superiority seems a bit off-base. We also have legislators who can’t control their libido, a tax-dodging legislator, and legislators who can’t figure out their own expense sheets: One claimed mileage for traveling home during sessions at the same time that he was collecting the housing allowance (designed to pay for hotel expenses) while staying in town at his parents’ home; one stayed in his office and collected the housing allowance. So how is this crew so divinely fit to not get screened like the rest of us?
Thank you, Rep. Rick Youngblood, for sponsoring the bill to get rid of the exemption.