BOISE, Idaho (AP) - UPDATE:
An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday at a legislative hearing with her grandfather, who is supporting a proposal that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.
Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation that headed to the House on Monday, Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
Charles Nielsen says he backs the legislation but his granddaughter didn't speak at the meeting.
Republican Rep. Christy Zito said the legislation is intended to clear up confusion about state gun laws.
Backers also say it will give people the ability to defend themselves if needed.
Opponents say allowing teenagers to carry a concealed weapon without any required training within city limits is a bad idea.
Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation heading to the House.
The House State Affairs Committee on Monday approved the bill brought forward by Republican Rep. Christy Zito. Idaho residents 18 and older are allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training following a new law that went into place last summer.
The proposal would extend that to any legal resident of the United States or a U.S. armed services member.