Concealed Carry and More Liberty

ski-jacket+GunThe Idaho legislature moved in the right direction on Friday (March 18, 2016) joining Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, and Wyoming to strengthen our 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms – and protect ourselves. The law also removes the conflicting requirements for a permit in and outside of city limits.

The sanity of the law is how it finally recognizes the difference between criminals and lawful citizens. The permitting requirement only made law abiding citizens jump through hoops to protect his or her family from danger. The basic definition of a criminal is someone who violates the law. Have you ever heard of a bank robber stopping by the sheriff’s office to get his or her concealed weapon’s license before robbing a bank?

The permitting requirement only made it burdensume to the law abiding citizen, who in an urgent situation needs or wants to carry a gun to protect his or her family. It makes it legal for a coat to accidentally fall over an open-carry holstered gun. It also makes some of our citizens feel more save, since they don’t have to see the open-carry pistol in public.

Though the concept of permits being “notification” to law enforcement officials of a potential concealed weapon, say during a traffic stop, felt good on the surface, it did not notify that same officer of a criminal’s concealed carry.

When it comes to criminals or the mentally ill, it’s still illegal to carry a weapon so nothing changed there.

Candidate Contrast:  Sternes v. Bell

My opponent, the incumbent Rep. Maxine Bell voted against the “No Permit” bill.


Bell’s Freedom Index record (Mar 3, 2016)

Another reason why she’s out of step with Dist. 25 In 2015, 86 percent of Idaho House of Representatives voted more conservatively than her.

Rep. Bell’s
Freedom Index Voting Record:
2016 (scroll to the bottom 3rd)  | 2015 (opens PDF)

Added Benefits

Whether someone is a criminal or terrorist, the possibility of concealed carry weapons will now make them think twice before victimizing Idahoans. They’ll never know if anyone has a concealed weapon or not; and if they strike at us, it also gives us the ability and the right to protect ourselves without waiting for permission from the state.

For scholars of World War II history, the legislation also removes the temptation from fascist or socialist politicians* to first license lawful gun owners and then use that information to confiscate their guns. Ask yourself, “How did that work out under the Third Reich?”


* “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” or National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI)

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Reggy Sternes

Reggy was a Republican Primary candidate for the State of Idaho House of Representatives (District 25A) in 2016. He believes in limited government, individual liberty and supports the Bill of Rights and more state sovereignty. The National Riffle Association endorsed him over the incumbent - he received an "A" grade. He is pro-life and supports a free-market approach to improve schools and health care. He holds bachelor degrees from the University of Idaho and Idaho State University and a master degree from Oregon State University. Sternes is a 23 year U.S. Navy combat-zone veteran, earned 23 individual and unit medals and ribbons, and obtained the rank of Commander.

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