(The gun photo is also from Dave)
When Canyon County Commish David Ferdinand came through the security lane at the Boise Airport packing heat he didn't get far.
The TSA X-Ray tech tipped the cops and in addition to this electronic ticket and boarding pass the Canyon County "Decider" had a paper ticket... charging him with a misdemeanor. He reportedly made his flight but the loaded revolver is now unloaded in the Boise PD evidence locker.
Ferdinand reportedly told authorities he packs heat everywhere and forgot to leave the weapon out of his carry on bag.
There is a pretty fair chance the cops will have difficulty prosecuting Ferdinand because he is an "elected official". In Idaho that means he can carry a concealed weapon without a permit or any training.
Idaho Code 18-3302 reads, "(12) The requirements to secure a license to carry a concealed weapon under this section shall not apply to the following persons:"
(a) Officials of a county, city, state of Idaho, the United States, peace officers, guards of any jail, court appointed attendants or any officer of any express company on duty.
(e) Any public elected Idaho official
We don't know if Fed-X, UPS, and others qualify as "express companies", but it would be interesting to define an "express officer".
THE GUARDIAN has it on good authority that judges, county commishes, prosecutors, and a bunch of other politicos (elected guys/gals) in this Wild West state are packing heat. They claim it is for "protection", but we think there are a fair number of politicos who are just downright scared of the public.
One caller to THE CALDWELL GUARDIAN made the suggestion that the "gun used to rob Canyon County taxpayers finally got confiscated."