Idaho Lawmaker: 'Government Not Responsible for Controlling Weapons'


Sales of firearms have been increasing nationwide, and Idaho is no exception.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that concealed carry classes have been booked solid in the north Idaho community, and one gun shop has seen a 30 percent jump in sales in the past several days.

"I think the No. 1 reason (sales are up) is people are afraid they’re going to lose their ability to purchase firearms,” Ed Santos, owner of Center Target Sports in Post Falls, told the Press. "Look at cities that have gun control, like Chicago. Gun control doesn't work."

Meanwhile, Coeur d'Alene Republican Rep. Luke Malek told the Press that he wouldn't be a fan of of Idaho gun restrictions.

"I just don't believe that the government is resonsible for controlling weapons," Malek told the Press. "Taking guns away will provide safety for tyranny, not for individuals."

Still another lawmaker, Post Falls Republican Rep. Frank Henderson said "gun control is not the answer."

"Control of mental health and those who need assistance is a solution," said Henderson.