Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislation

Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under legislation that headed to the House on Monday, Feb. 24. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within city limits.

Charles Nielsen says he backs the legislation but his granddaughter didn't speak at the meeting.

Republican Rep. Christy Zito said the legislation is intended to clear up confusion about state gun laws.

Backers also say it will give people the ability to defend themselves if needed.

Opponents say allowing teenagers to carry a concealed weapon without any required training within city limits is a bad idea.