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We trust local law enforcement to protect our community 

Our local law enforcement officials have served Bonner County with professionalism, compassion, and fairness.  We are confident that they don't need the "help" of armed civilians to patrol our communities.  

We, the signatories of this letter, implore local law enforcement to reject any such "assistance," and to take a firm legal stance against groups who would unlawfully seek to intimidate our neighbors and visitors.

AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING ARMED PEOPLE GATHERING IN OUR COMMUNITY

We trust that our local law enforcement officials can and will ensure safety in our community.

Dear Chief Coon, Chief Cornelius, Chief McLain, and Sheriff  Wheeler,

 

The whirlwind of uncertainty this year has made it clear that we must commit, more than ever, to trust in the capabilities of our local police and sheriff departments to keep our community safe. While we respect the rights of responsible gun owners, we also trust in the ability of local law enforcement. We know that you and your respective departments can keep law and order, and that there is no need for armed people to gather together on our streets under the guise of protecting our community.

 

We are concerned about potential future incidents resulting in intimidating, possibly illegal, behavior against citizens and people in our community. We urge you to require prosecution of any individual violating Idaho code sections 18-3303 (Exhibition or use of Deadly Weapon), 18-3304 (Aiming Firearms at Others), 18-7008 (Trespassing), 46-802 (Unorganized Association Prohibited) and 18-711 (Unlawful Exercise of Functions of Peace Officers).

 

We hope that law enforcement officials in our cities and county will take a stronger legal stance against paramilitary activity given the information provided by the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. We recommend that you reach out to members of local militia groups, gun clubs, and other organizations and individuals promoting armed presence in our community, and discourage their “assistance” in protecting our community. Given recent experiences in other U.S. cities, their presence may only make things more dangerous  and make certain members of our community and visitors feel threatened and intimidated. 

We trust that our local law enforcement forces are fully capable of protecting and serving our community without the so-called assistance of unvetted civilians. Allowing armed groups to patrol our streets undermines your respective departments, and poses a real and present danger to our residents, visitors, and our peace officers. We do not need or want armed people gathering in a way that intimidates our community and visitors. With full confidence in you and your officers, we're counting on you to keep us safe. Can we also count on you to reject the "help" of unvetted civilians, and take a stand against armed patrols?

Respectfully,

Bonner County Human Rights Task Force Board of Directors

and 

Your Constituents & Neighbors
(Please see list of signatories directly below)

 

Signatories of the Open Letter

BONNERS FERRY

Zachary Hubbard

SANDPOINT

Jim Mellen

Hope

Dan McLaughlin

Sandpoint

Lisa Barth

Sagle

Brenda Hammond

Sandpoint

James Jeltes

Dover

Steven Lazar

Sandpoint

John OHara

Sandpoint

Cymbre Colon

Sandpoint

Gale Corsini

Sandpoint

Sheila Martin

Newport

Tracy Morgan

Sagle

Heidi Duffy

Clark Fork

Margaret Wiggin

Sandpoint

MT McGuirk

Sandpoint

Iris Harrison

Sandpoint

Tari Pardini

Sandpoint

David Baranski

Sandpoint

Gini Bowers

Sandpoint

Rich Del Carlo

Sandpoint

John Harbuck

Sandpoint

Randi Lui

Sandpoint

Jacelyn Lawson

Sandpoint

Lena Haug

Sandpoint

Genevieve Campbell

Sagle

Ron Mamajek

Bayview

Robyn Edwards

Sandpoint

Stefanie Nostdahl

Sandpoint

Katie Adams

Sagle

Nancy Gilliam

Sandpoint

David Marx

Sandpoint

Kim Diercks

Bayview

Mary Lou Brannigan

Sandpoint

Michael McNulty

Sandpoint

Terry Iverson

Sandpoint

Leanne Elisha

Sandpoint

Pat Holland

Sandpoint

James W. Ramsey

Sandpoint

Megan Johnson

Sandpoint

Kathleen M Goebel

Sandpoint

Jane L Arndt

Sandpoint

Christine Moon

Sagle

John Ennis

Sandpoint

Judy Labrie

Sandpoint

Barney Ballard

Hope

Carolyn Thibault

Sandpoint

Lynda Roberts

Sandpoint

Mary Catherine Role

Sandpoint

Barbara Fairlight

Hope

Ellie Lizotte

Sandpoint

Ginny Moody

Hope

Brad Molsen

Sagle

Gary Berg

Sagle

Julie Nye

Hope

Ann Wimberley

Sandpoint

Lorna R Mitchell

Sandpoint

Emma Stanford

Sagle

Kirsten Noll

Sandpoint, Idaho

Karen Seashore

Sandpoint

Duane Abromeit

Sandpoint

Meagan Smith

Hope

Linda Heisel

Hope

Alice Bledsoe

Hope

Gene Merica

Sandpoint

Nate Holland

Sandpoint

Kevin Bryan

Sandpoint

D. Vernon Holbert, MD

Sandpoint

Dave Pietz

Sandpoint

Sydnie Stern

Hope

Debra Courtney

Dover

Richard Warren

Sandpoint

Donna Cope

Sandpoint

Kirsten Hollan

SANDPOINT

Terry Evans

Ponderay

Patrice Webb

Sandpoint

Lynn Pietz

Sandpoint

Diane Rinck

Sandpoint

Amy Craven

Dover

Susan Gervais

Sandpoint

Raymond Libby

Sandpoint

Sharon river Burdick

Sagle

Lilly K. Mitsui

Sandpoint

Janice Simeone

Hope

Michele L. Brooks

Sandpoint

Rebecca Holland

Sagle

Janie Johnson

Sandpoint

Diane Rayfield

Sandpoint

Pam Duquette

Priest River

Jane Hoover

Sagle

Daniel Sherrard

Sandpoint

Stephanie Wilson

Sandpoint

Charlene Godec

Sandpoint

Julie Porietis

Pinehurst

Rick Priebe

Sandpoint

Sage Saccomanno

SANDPOINT

Ann Giantvalley

Sandpoint

Deb Ruehle

Sandpoint

Rebecca Appl

Sagle

Heidi Dorman

Dover

Daniel Butler

Sandpoint

Nancy Kertis

Sandpoint

Ivan Corliss

Sandpoint

Jody Thoreson

Sandpoint

Lexie de Fremery

Sandpoint

Kathe Murphy

Dover

Laura Phillps

Clark Fork

Mary Franzel

Sandpoint

Steve York

Sandpoint

Marilyn Robertson

Sagle

Julie Kallemeyn

Sandpoint

Elizabeth Willey

Sandpoint

Sandra Piltch

Sandpoint

Douglas Marshall

Sandpoint, Idaho

Angelina Roberts

Sagle

Steve Anderson

Sagle

Coral Slater

sandpoint

Susan Schaller

Sagle

Nancy Rieger

Sandpoint

Shawna Parry

Sandpoint

Emily Nicholson

Sandpoint

Cora Anne

Sandpoint

Emily Erickson

Sandpoint

Jenifer Caudle

Sandpoint

Tess Howell

Sandpoint

Michael Welp

Sandpoint

Maria Golphenee

Sandpoint

Teresa Rancourt

Sandpoint

Helen Newton

Sandpoint

Charles Mortensen

Sandpoint

Linda Navarre

Sandpoint

Alicia Abbott

Sagle

Rick Price

Sandpoint

Brenda Cooper

Dover

Sandra Nicholson

Sagle

Jean Gerth

Sandpoint

Jody Pignolet

Sandpoint, Id

Lee Christensen

Priest River

Bonnie McDade

Sandpoint

Judith York

Sandpoint

Daniel J Logan

Sandpoint

Emily Faulkner

Sandpoint

Jeff Bohnhof

Sandpoint

Chris Jones

Sandpoint

Nancy J Schmidt

Sandpoint

Robyn Roberts

Sandpoint

Tyler E. Haynes

Sagle

Becca Orchard

Sandpoint

Peter hicks

Hope

Jessie Grossman

Colburn

Michael Allard

Sagle

Judy Thompson

Sagle

Shirley Moore

Laumann

Rupert

Sandpoint, ID

Janae Dale

Ponderay

Samantha Dallas

sandpoint

Alani Strang

Sandpoint

Lydia Harrison

Sandpoint

Rob Harrison

Sandpoint

Vicki Longhini

Sandpoint

Regina Hoiland

Sandpoint

Martin Rubenstwin

Coeur d Alene

Chelsea Dickinson

Provo, UT

Sydney Foster

Sandpoint

Stephen Pultorak

Sagle

Kenneth Thacker

Sandpoint

Sandii Mellen

Sandpoiny

Alexandra Schulz RN

Sagle

Denise Zembryki

Sandpoint

Hiroko Tanaka

Hope

Mary Largent

Sandpoint

Gwen Le Tutour

Sandpoint

Dig Chrismer

Bonner County

William Kent

SANDPOINT

Duke Diercks

Sandpoint

Randy Evans

Sandpoint

Marion McNulty

Sandpoint

Edna Has versin

Sandpoint

Lisa Gerber

Hayden Lake

Leah Bentz

Sandpoint

Patricia Ramsey

Sandpoint

Charlie Parrish

Sandpoint

Tanner Welch

Sandpoint

Emma Johnstone

Sandpoint

Steve Tillberg

Dover

Lawrence Mooney

Hope

Dawn Brinker

Naples

Samantha Ryan

sandpoint

Warren Santoro

SANDPOINT

Leesa J Stefano

Sandpoint

Susan Dalby

Sandpoint

Mark Evans

Priest River

Elias Carlson

Sandpoint

Chuck Smith

Sandpoint

Jennifer Curto

Sagle

Kathy Berg

Sandpoint

Marty Betts

Hope

Neil Wimberley

Sandpoint

Beverly Newsham

Careywood

Melanie Habets

Sandpoint

Alicia McFadden

Sagle

Frank Hart Wakeley

Sandpoint

Shannon Abromeit

Sandpoint

Aaron Levi

Sandpoint

Sharon Anderson

Sagle

Eileen Sisson

Hope

Kathleen Huntley

Sandpoint

Tea Aunan

Samuels

Ed Buzbee

Sandpoint

Sherry Casamento

Sandpoint

Christine Owens

Sandpoint

Sue Peyser

Hope

Jeff Pennick

Sandpoint

Rae Charlton

Sandpoint

Dylan Bryan

Hope

Glory Whittaker

Dover

Susan Kubiak

Sagle

Robbie Gleason

Sandpoint

Julie Menghini

Kootenai

Margaret Mjelde

Sandpoint, ID

Alixandra Taylor

Dover

Philip Gervais

Petersen

Timothy Petersen

Sandpoint

Ann Neal

Sandpoint

Ken and Mary Jo Haag

Sandpoint

Carol Quintano

Hope

William H Percy

Dover

Julie Reister-Keaton

Sandpoint

Sera Johnson

Sandpoint

Robert Gilmore

Sandpoint

Michael Fisher

Sandpoint

Merry Brown-Hayes

Sandpoint

Glenn Goodman

Sandpoint

Rachel Castor

Sandpoint

Deborah J Todd

Sandpoint

Jo Roseborough

Sagle

Bill Tregoning

Sagle

Michele Tregoning

Sandpoint

Yvette McGowan

SAGLE

Phyllis Goodwin

Sagle

Jill Shelley Kahn

Sandpoint

Kathleen Crouch

Sandpoint

Molly McCahon

Sandpoint

Doris Hansen

Sandpoint, ID

Richard Sevenich

Sandpoint

Laurinda Mortensen

Sandpoint

John Anderson

Sandpoint

Carrie Logan

sandpoint

Tim H. Henney

Sandpoint

Dan Shook

Sandpoint

Katelyn Shook

SANDPOINT

Jennifer Ball

Sandpoint

Tom Renk

Sandpoint

Steve Willey

Sandpoint

Amanda L. Thomas, MPhEd, LAMFT

Sandpoint

Link Shadley

Sandpoint

Alara Langley

Sandpoint

Pamela Conrad

Sandpoint

Mark Terry

Sandpoint

Sherry Ennis

Sandpoint

Mary J Merrill

Sandpoint

Cari House

Sandpoint

Reid Weber

Sagle, Idaho

Suzanne Waldrup

Sandpoint

Stephen Meyer

Sandpoint

Joline Wolf

Sandpoint

Robin Campbell

Sandpoint

Reid Treadaway

Sandpoint

Ellen Weissman

Sandpoint

Erin Busby

Sandpoint

Sylvia Humes

Sandpoint

Wayne Pignolet

Sandpoint

Darlene Dibble

Dover

Marie Warren

Sandpoint

Marianne Love

Sagle

Michael Murray

Sandpoint

Maria Corsini

Sagle

Timothy Krech

Sagle

Susan Drumheller

Sagle

Kirby McKee

SANDPOINT

Linda Larson

Sandpoint

Paul Vogel

Sagle

Nancy Gerth

Sandpoint

Marty Stitsel

Sandpoint

Carrie Clayton

Sandpoint

Erik Daarstad

Sandpoint

Beth F. Allen

Bonners Ferry

Christi Kramer

Sandpoint

Irene Adler

Sandpoint

Peter Gilmore

Sandpoint

Brendan Naples

S

Victoria J. Fuller

Sandpoint

Renee York

Sagle

Victoria Reich

Sagle

Patricia R Mason

Sandpoint

Donald Laumann

Sandpoint

Michelle O'Connor

Sandpoint

Ethan Loper

Sandpoint

Naticia M Litven

Sandpoint

Quinn Pearlstein

Sandpoint

Brent Lockwood

Sandpoint

Jack Green

Sandpoint

Alan Hoiland

Sandpoint

Kristine Rae

Sandpoint

Georgia York

Sandpoint

Meghan O'Hara

Sandpoint

Janet Pultorak

Sandpoint

Edna Iverson

Sandpoint native

Dann Hall

Sandpoint

Michael Rancourt

Sandpoint

Melissa Davis

Sandpoint

Austin Diercks

Bonner County

Carlie Johanson

Sagle

Ann Masai Jones

Sandpoint

Dr Nancy J Schmidt

Sandpoint

Jackson Diercks

Sandpoint

Marsha Meury

Sandpoint

Joan Allen

Sandpoint

Martha Bowne

Sandpoint

Cheri Robbins

Ponderay

Velta shbrook

Sandpoint

Marcia Pilgeram

Sandpoint

Allyson Unzen

Sandpoint

Donna Parrish

Sandpoint

Doris Fuller

Sagle, ID

Margarite Corcoran

Sandpoint

Maureen Tillberg

Sandpoint Native

Sally Moon

Sandpoint

Carol C Ballard

Hope

Dennis Thibault

Bayview

Harvey Robert Brannigan

Sandpoint

Risa Devore

Sandpoint

Margarete Raiha

Sandpoint

Nate Weber

Sandpoint

Mark Weber

Sandpoint

Margaret Arndt

Sandpoint

Tamini Weber

Sandpoint

Robert Betts

Sandpoint

Aaron Cole

Sandpoint

Karen Trueblood

SANDPOINT

Bill D'Olier

Sandpoint

Laurie Shook

Hope

Vera Gadman

Sandpoint

Tom Tillisch

Dover

Marleigh Kopas

Hope

Mark Heisel

Hope

Carolyn Guldberg

Hope, idaho

Susan J Howard

Sandpoint

Julie Anderson-Dennis

Sandpoint

Coral France

Sandpoint

Christine Holbert / Lost Horse Press

Sandpoint

Paula Lund

Sandpoint

Cynthia Dalsing

Sandpoint

Amy Flint

Sandpoint

Terry A. Duncan

Sandpoint

Randy Cope

Sandpoint

Judy Lyding

Sandpoint, ID

Laura Adams

Sandpoint

Emily Batchelor

Sandpoint

William R Ouimet

Sandpoint

Molly O'Reilly

Sandpoint

Lynn Piper

Dover

Kim Bledsoe

Sandpoint

Jennifer Newton

Sandpoint

E Margaret Petersen

Sagle

Carolyn Winkelmann

Hope

Darlene K. Molsen

SANDPOINT

Chad Schobert

Sandpoint

Don Holland

Sandpoint

Travis Taylor

Sandpoint

Sandy Bessler

Sandpoint

Karen Glaeser

Sandpoint

Gretchen Fisher

Sandpoint

Julie McCallan

Sandpoint

Hattie Goodman

Sandpoint

Elizabeth Knight

Sandpoint

Elizabeth Parnow

Silverton

Diane Blanchard

Sandpoint

Linda Kirchmann

Sandpoint

Susan Prez

Sandpoint

Robin Dyck

Sandpoint

Christopher Munro

Sandpoint

Sarah Rusnak

Dover

Debra Butler

Sandpoint

Dave Lux

Sandpoint

Dawn Mehra

Sandpoint

Randy Thoreson

Sandpoint

Eli Sevenich

Sandpoint

Jill Trick

Dover

John Phillips

sandpoint

Jacquelynn Henney

Sandpoint

Patty Shook

Bonner County resident

Susan Bates-Harbuck

Sagle

Daniel Shlaferman

Sandpoint

Celeste B Grace

Sandpoint, ID

William Bruce

Sandpoint

Brooke Gaston

Sandpoint

Marty Bowne

Sandpoint

Nancy Renk

Sandpoint, ID

Mary Toland

Sandpoint

Lynn Bridges

Sagle

Judy Meyers

Sandpoint

Carol Holmes

Hope

Judith Butler

Sandpoint

Collin-Aldous N Beggs

SANDPOINT

Judith Clarke

Sandpoint

Julie R Meyer

Sandpoint

Sharon McCahon

Sandpoint

Erika Morin

Cocolalla

Todd Crossett

Sandpoint

Kathleen Roff

Sandpoint

Chuck Humes

Sandpoint

Tricia Dickens

Sandpoint

Steve Navarre

Sandpoint

Pamela Hartry

Sandpoint

James Mellen

Sandpoint

Terrell Cooper

Sandpoint

Marsha Lutz

Sandpoint

Gail Bryan

Sagle

Phyllis Shankman

Sagle

Michael E Bauer

Sagle

Cheryl McKee

Hope

Deborah H Owen

Dover

Jill Murphy

Sandpoint

Marlene Petersen

Sandpoint

Krista Eberle

Ponderay

Amy Phillips

 

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For Reference

46-802.  UNORGANIZED ASSOCIATIONS PROHIBITED — PARADES PROHIBITED — EXCEPTIONS. No body of men, other than the regularly organized national guard, the unorganized militia when called into service of the state, or of the United States, and except such as are regularly recognized and provided for by the laws of the state of Idaho and of the United States, shall associate themselves together as a military company or organization, or parade in public with firearms in any city or town of this state...

 

18-711.  UNLAWFUL EXERCISE OF FUNCTIONS OF PEACE OFFICERS — UNLAWFUL IMPORTATION OF POLICE OFFICERS — SUPPRESSION OF VIOLENCE — EXCEPTIONS. 1. Any person who shall in this state unlawfully exercise or attempt to exercise the functions of, or hold himself out to any one as, a deputy sheriff, marshal, policeman, constable or peace officer, or any person, whether acting in his own behalf or as an officer of the law, or as the authorized or unauthorized agent or representative of another, or of any association, corporation or company, who shall bring or cause to be brought, or aid in bringing into this state any armed or unarmed police force or detective agency or force, or any armed or unarmed body of men for the suppression of domestic violence, shall be guilty of a felony, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than two (2) years and not more than five (5) years: provided, that the legislature, or the executive when the legislature can not be convened, may call upon the lawfully constituted authorities of the United States for the protection against invasion and domestic violence, as provided in section 4 of article 4 of the Constitution of the United States...

 

18-3303.  EXHIBITION OR USE OF DEADLY WEAPON. Every person who, not in necessary self-defense, in the presence of two (2) or more persons, draws or exhibits any deadly weapon in a rude, angry and threatening manner, or who, in any manner, unlawfully uses the same, in any fight or quarrel, is guilty of a misdemeanor...

 

18-3304.  AIMING FIREARMS AT OTHERS. Any person who shall intentionally, without malice, point or aim any firearm at or toward any other person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) and not less than five dollars ($5.00)...

 

18-7008. TRESPASSING. A person commits criminal trespass and is guilty of a misdemeanor, except as provided in subsection (3)(a)(i) of this section, when he enters or remains on the real property of another without permission, knowing or with reason to know that his presence is not permitted...

This open letter is an initiative of Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tolerance and supporting human dignity since 1992.

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