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St. Anthony is 2nd Amendment sanctuary

The welcome sign on Bridge Street in St. Anthony

St. ANTHONY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The mayor along with the city council of St. Anthony have declared the city a sanctuary for second amendment rights.

“It's basically a statement by the city that we're not gonna enforce honor, any federal or state law that violates the second amendment," said Mayor Donald Powell.

He says the move is not a reaction to any current gun law in Idaho.

“I think Idaho, in general, is a very pro second amendment state," said Powell, "Just from what you see I would expect the problems to come, depending on the election, from the federal government, a lot more than our state government."

Some may see all of Idaho as a "2nd amendment sanctuary state." In 2014, Governor Butch Otter signed Senate Bill 1332, which protects local authorities from having to carry out federally mandated gun confiscations.

As of this year, any adult U.S. citizen (barring felony convictions) is allowed open carry within the state.

St. Anthony’s chief of police reminds us that these privileges should still be respected. “You need to seek the proper training. You need to make sure you're proficient with the weapon that you're carrying," said Chief Allen Neff. "You need to be able to be proficient in terms of putting rounds on target. That's what's important. Once the round leaves the barrel, you're responsible for it until it stops."

The cities of Eagle and Star have also recently declared themselves as 2nd amendment sanctuaries.

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