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Matt Damon in the Crosshairs of Idaho Gun Rights Group


The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance recently hosted a media event July 1 outside the Idaho Statehouse, celebrating a new state law that allows gun owners to conceal their weapons in public without a permit. Now, ISAA has scheduled its next high-profile demonstration and, this time, Oscar-winner Matt Damon is in their crosshairs.

Damon has visited Boise on two previous occasions—in 2002 for the premiere of The Bourne Identity and in 2007 for the premiere of The Bourne Ultimatum.

The films' producer, Frank Marshall, has been a major benefactor of the Treasure Valley YMCA for years and Damon's Boise appearances have raised thousands of dollars for the Boise-based nonprofit. Now, Damon is returning to the Treasure Valley for an appearance at the Village Cinema in Meridian on Wednesday, July 20. This time, he'll be premiering the much anticipated Jason Bourne, the series' fifth installment. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA's campaign to build a new facility in South Meridian.

Don't expect Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett to buy a ticket. Pruett calls Damon a "a gun-grabber," adding, "Idahoans don't take kindly to those who would strip us of our protected rights."

While in Australia to promote the Bourne movie, Damon told the Sydney Morning Herald he was a fan of Australia's restrictions on firearms, saying, "You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country. But it's such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can't."

Pruett said, "If Matt Damon wants Australia-like gun-control measures, we'd invite him to move to Perth or Sydney."

Meanwhile, ISAA said it will be protesting the actor's July 20 appearance at the Village Cinema.