North Idaho GOP Officials: Sheriff, Not Feds, Should Enforce Guns

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North Idaho Republican leaders say they want to empower the Kootenai County Sheriff to "prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations which violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

Simply put, they want local lawmen to have the final say on guns.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted Nov. 26 to pass the resolution on advice from the state Republican Party.

"This resolution was passed at the last state committee meeting and the intent of it is to pass it along to each county," said precinct committeeman John Cross, who presented the resolution.

Tuesday evening's meeting also saw another controversial measure surface. Nov. 24, Citydesk reported that Coeur d'Alene GOP Precinct Committeeman Matt Roetter would try to push back against his party's state committee which is calling for the abolition of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which empowers citizens to vote directly for their U.S. senators instead of state legislators.

But Roetter's effort fell on deaf ears as the Kootenai County GOP Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to postpone the Roetter's presentation indefinitely.

"If you vote to postpone this indefinitely, you are going to send a message to the voters that it is OK to repeal the 17th Amendment," said Roetter. "You are going to send a message saying we don't want you to vote for your U.S. senators. As elected officials, you might want to think about that."