11-year-old Idaho girl brings loaded AR-15 rifle to gun legislation hearing
A gun legislation hearing in Idaho’s capitol on Monday was interrupted when an 11-year-old girl entered the chamber with a loaded AR-15 rifle slung over her shoulder.
11-year-old Bailey Neilson came to support her grandfather, Charles Neilson, who spoke to a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse. Neilson performed with a support to the law that would allow visitors, legally possessing firearms, to carry a concealed handgun in urban areas when they come to the State.
He said that his granddaughter was an example of those who can responsibly handle a handgun and this should be extended to the Idaho visitors.
"Bailey is carrying a loaded AR-15," Charles Nielsen told lawmakers. "People live in fear, terrified of that which they do not understand. She's been shooting since she was 5 years old. She got her first deer with this weapon at 9. She carries it responsibly. She knows how not to put her finger on the trigger. We live in fear in a society that is fed fear on a daily basis."
It is allowed in Idaho for the residents of 18 and older to carry concealed firearms within city limits in the state without a permission. The law went into effect last summer.
"When they come to Idaho, they should be able to carry concealed, because they carry responsibly," he said. "They're law-abiding citizens. It's the criminal we have to worry about."
But there were some who were against the teenagers to carry the concealed handgun, believing that it could lead to the shootings.
"The vast majority of states require that a person get a permit before carrying a concealed gun in public," said Diana David of Moms Demand Action, an organization that seeks public safety measures to protect people from gun violence. "That's a common-sense policy."