Regarding: Senator James E. Risch’s
Proposed Scotchman Peak Wilderness Designation
May 7, 2018
To my constituents,
Many have requested that I state my position on the Scotchman Peak Wilderness. For the record, I am opposed to the Proposed Wilderness Designation in the strongest possible terms.
First and foremost, if someone is experiencing a medical emergency and requires the use of a four-wheeled or tracked Search and Rescue vehicle, I have to seek permission from the Federal Government in order to carry out the type of rescue that I deem appropriate.
Next, according to U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR 261.57, the Forester in charge of the Wilderness Area has the authority to prohibit you from possessing firearms. This means that an unelected bureaucrat can declare the Second Amendment null and void within Wilderness boundaries. I am not a fan of gun-free zones, and I will not assist Senator Risch in suspending our Second Amendment to the Constitution.
For the reasons stated above, I will be voting “AGAINST” the Proposed Scotchman’s Peak Wilderness designation on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.
Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler
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