Idaho moves to repeal dated duel law

A duel law more than 100-years-old is soon to be taken off the books in one state.

The 151-year-old state law that reportedly drew inspiration from the famous fight between former Vice President Aaron Burr and former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton is on its way out.

Idaho’s House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee voted Friday to consider removing the rule on jurisdiction for out-of-state duels. The law was passed during the state’s first legislature in 1984.

The law states that Idaho has jurisdiction if a person dies after getting injured in a duel outside the state.

The rule has been untouched for most of its tenure. However, in 1986 it was amended as part of a large change to grant jurisdiction to the entire state rather than a specific county. It passed in the Senate unanimously and in the House by one vote.

Republican Rep. Thomas Dayley joked that some lawmakers may want to take advantage of the statute before its repeal would take effect in July.

Michael Kane from the Idaho Sheriffs' Association had been tasked with finding outdated laws to repeal from Idaho code, he said. "Needless to say, this is obsolete," he told lawmakers.

The roots of the bill stem from the legendary battle between Burr and Hamilton. The duel took place in New Jersey, but Hamilton died in New York. Burr was charged with murder in both states.

The Associated Press contributed to this report