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House approves firearms freedom bill

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03/09/10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Idaho House members are taking aim at the
federal government's authority to regulate guns made and sold in
Idaho.

The measure approved 52-17 along party lines Tuesday declares
that firearms manufactured and sold in the state should not be
subject to federal buyer background checks and dealer licensing
rules.

If it becomes a state law, GOP supporters expect it will be
challenged in the courts. A similar law adopted in Montana last
year is now in federal court.

St. Maries Republican Rep. Dick Harwood welcomes the chance to
defend the law. He says federal courts have interpreted the U.S.
Constitution too broadly, cutting into the rights of states to
regulate themselves.

Democratic opponents say defending the law would be a waste of
money. The Idaho Attorney General also says the law could be struck
down if used to regulate firearms in ways that conflict with
federal law.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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