BOISE -- House lawmakers have gotten behind a bill protecting firearms manufactured in the state from any future attempts by the federal government to confiscate weapons.
The measure easily passed Thursday on a 61-7 vote calls for exempting guns with a "Made in Idaho" stamp from any future federal restrictions on firearms already considered legal in the state.
Nampa Republican Rep. Christy Perry said the legislation sends a symbolic message to the federal government and protects Idahoans' Second Amendment rights.
The bill is one of two proposals making their way through the legislature intended to embolden state safeguards against federal intrusion.
A second bill would make it a misdemeanor for sheriff deputies and police officer to aid federal agents trying to seize firearms in the state.