Kootenai Co. leaders call GOP gun resolution "unenforceable"




Posted on December 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 7:40 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho— Commissioners in Kootenai County looked at a resolution Tuesday from local republicans concerning the Second Amendment.

In November, Kootenai County GOP leaders passed a resolution asking the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office to make any federal laws which violate the second amendment unenforceable there.

On Tuesday, Kootenai County leaders said that they understand the importance of protecting firearms.

All three commissioners admitted that they each own guns themselves. However, they had issue with how this resolution was worded and ultimately said that it was not enforceable.

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"The board may have some leeway in terms of considering and passing an ordinance- ultimately, it's not enforceable," said Kootenai Co. Prosecutor Barry McHugh.

He also added that interpreting federal guns laws is not the Sheriff's Ben Wolfinger’s job. The GOP resolution also asked that the Sheriff to prevent the enforcement of any of those kinds of laws.

Wolfinger also spoke at the Tuesday meeting and said that something like that would not be within his power.

I support the spirit of it,” said Kootenai County Commissioner Jai Nelson.

However, Nelson said he is concerned with some of the legality that it brought up. Nelson and his fellow commissioners decided to table the matter, which made those in attendance upset.