Bill limiting gun ownership for domestic violence abusers fails in Idaho House

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho House shot down a bill preventing those found guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning a gun. 

The legislation would have prohibited people convicted of domestic violence from having guns by making it a misdemeanor for anyone who has been convicted within the last two years of assault or battery against a household member to possess a firearm. 

The proposal would have applied to people already prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing a firearm. Idaho has no corresponding state law.

“This was a heart-breaking vote for the hundreds of domestic violence victims all over Idaho who live in fear every day," Wintrow said. "This common-sense legislation would have given them some much-needed hope and security. A lot of Idahoans lost a battle today, but we will continue the fight. This legislation is too important to give up on.”

Opponents argued people could be unnecessarily stripped of their right to own a gun granted by the Second Amendment.

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have passed similar legislation. 

The bill failed on a 31-39 vote in the Idaho House. 

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