- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho legislative committee is backing a new version of a bill that would restrict more felons from having firearms.

An earlier version of the bill was rejected by the Idaho Senate last week.

Mike Kane with the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association says the new version would prohibit people from owning guns if they’ve been convicted of human trafficking, terrorism, hijacking or gang activity. Kane says the additions are needed because those types of convictions weren’t considered when the law banning guns for some felons was first created in 1972.

An earlier version of the bill would have also prohibited people convicted of racketeering, extortion, arson and rioting from gun ownership, but those crimes were removed from the list after some lawmakers expressed concern.

Kane says the National Rifle Association supports the revised bill. It now faces a legislative hearing.

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