REXBURG Dan Roberts and members of the Second Amendment Alliance are staging a march and rally in Rexburg this Saturday Feb. 21, in support of the House Bill 89, or the Constitutional Carry bill.
Roberts said those participating will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Madison County Courthouse and all participants are welcome to open carry their favorite firearms.
He said those assembled at the courthouse will then march to the Rexburg Tabernacle, where they will listen to a short presentation and be given the opportunity to sign a petition supporting the constitutional carry bill.
Roberts said House bill 89, or the constitutional carry bill, was recently tabled by the State Affairs Committee in the State Legislature. The bill would enable constitutional carry or concealed carry, without a permit in the State of Idaho.
Roberts also said this demonstration is loosely coordinated with another rally in Boise that is calling for the legislature to take another look at House Bill 89.
Roberts said this rally would be almost exactly the same as the pro-Second Amendment rally two years ago, except with a specific focus on the constitutional carry legislation.
Its a little different focus, you know, last time we were just talking about gun rights in general and not wanting to have more restrictions. This time were looking more at being proactive, trying to get rid of some existing regulations; specifically, we would like to see what they call a constitutional carry, which is basically any law abiding citizen in Idaho could carry within the state boundaries concealed without a permit, Roberts said.
Roberts said this years presentation at the tabernacle will be short, with only a few speakers, including Ron Nate, who represents Rexburg in the Idaho legislature.
Roberts said according to current regulations there are two types of concealed carry permits: one requires no training and a $60 fee and the other is an enhanced concealed carry permit that requires a course in addition to a fee.
Roberts said that since the standard concealed carry permit doesnt require any training, merely a fee for a background check, then the permits are useless.
Open carry rally slated