Idaho State Representative Mark Patterson (R-Boise) had a rough day on May 15th, 1974. According to a piece published earlier today by Opposing Views:
The time was around 1 am. Patterson was at a bar when he saw a woman crying in the parking lot. So he offered her a ride home. But instead of taking her home, he drove her to his own apartment. The woman tried to get away, but Patterson chased her down, silenced her by clamping his hand over her mouth and forced her into his apartment.
Patterson owned an 85-pound Doberman. He told the woman that he’d command the dog to attack her if she didn’t have sex with him. He also told the woman that he belonged to a biker gang and that his buddies would come after her if she talked.
Patterson was subsequently arrested and charged with “assault with intent to commit rape.” He then pled guilty in exchange for a withheld judgment verdict on the felony charge. Three years later, Patterson was again accused of rape, but was acquitted.
Fast forward to 2007 and 2012 at which time Patterson visited the county Sheriff’s office to apply for an open carry permit. The application (both times) included the question, “Have you ever received a withheld judgment in a felony?” Both times Patterson checked the “no” box. Finally, last month, Representative Patterson was visited by Ada County Sheriff, Mark Raney, who after discovering the deception, immediately confiscated Patterson’s gun permit.
The issue with Representative Patterson, however, is not his criminal record. The big question on everyone’s mind is simply: “Why is Representative Patterson currently still carrying a gun?”
Apparently in the “Gem State” elected officials are exempt from any gun permit requirements so Patterson was able to legally re-holster his pistol. Patterson is publicly denying any wrongdoing and accused Sheriff Raney of having political motivations since the first-year representative recently angered some Idaho law enforcement personnel when he pushed for a law that would penalize any Idaho police officer who enforced federal gun control laws.