2016 Bills

HB67: Weapons on Public Transportation

This bill passed the House 59-12 and passed the Senate 24-2.

Libertas Institute supports this bill.

Under current law, a person who boards a bus with a firearm—except for law enforcement officials and concealed weapon permit holders—is guilty of a third degree felony.

House Bill 67, sponsored by Representative Norm Thurston, would eliminate this penalty enhancement, thereby reducing the action to a misdemeanor; a person illegally concealing a weapon should not be treated differently criminally merely for stepping onto a bus.

The same proposal passed the House unanimously last year, but did not receive a vote in the Senate before the legislature adjourned.