The Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today released the following statement after the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted down Senate Bill 1384, legislation that would force K-12 schools to allow employees to carry concealed, loaded handguns in the classroom and on school grounds:
“This is a major win for gun safety in Idaho,” said Nicole Brown, a volunteer with the Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Action. “For the second year now, we defeated a risky bill that would jeopardize the safety of our families. And while the gun lobby attempted to pull out all the stops, we showed up at every hearing, never wavered, and kept our lawmakers accountable.”
This week, dozens of Moms Demand Action volunteers showed up alongside education professionals and public safety experts to testify in opposition to SB1384. This is the second year that legislation to force more guns on school grounds fails in the Idaho legislature. In 2019, similar proposed legislation failed after significant opposition from the public, including parents, teachers, and law enforcement. Research suggests that allowing more firearms on school grounds could be a serious risk to safety.
Statistics about gun violence in Idaho are available here, and information on how Idaho gun laws compare to other states overall is available here.