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ETHAN WEBBER / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Today on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin, KIVI's Mike Sharp and BoiseDev's Don Day chat legislature news and more. 

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A bill to allow most Americans to carry concealed weapons anywhere in Idaho is headed to the state Senate.

Spending on gun policy advertisements has risen sharply in recent elections, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have concluded, amid widening political divisions within the gun debate.

Over four election cycles from 2012-2018, the study, “Guns In Political Advertising Over Four US Election Cycles,” found that ads referencing guns increased from 1% of total candidate-related advertisements, to over 8% in the 2018 cycle.

In its annual scorecard ranking the strength of state gun laws, the gun control advocacy group Giffords boosted ratings for a handful of states in the Midwest and West, most of which have traditionally been home to a strong gun rights culture.

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released its scorecard Thursday, touting six states that received higher grades:

After a much-anticipated showdown over gun regulations at the U.S. Supreme Court in early December focused on procedure over substance, advocates on all sides are waiting to see if the court dismisses the case.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

President Trump is drawing criticism from activists who are normally his staunchest allies, including here in Idaho, for his controversial response to recent shootings that left more than 30 people dead.

A study in the medical journal BMJ found a strong association between the strength of a state’s gun laws and its rate of mass shootings.

Paul Reeping is an epidemiologist with Columbia University and first author on the paper. He says researchers had already looked at the relationship between gun laws and outcomes like suicide or homicide.

Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. More than a hundred state-level gun laws have been enacted since then, including several in the Mountain West.