Concealed Carry State Laws In Idaho
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Idaho refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Idaho are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Idaho
While in Idaho there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Idaho the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Idaho State Constitution States: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person, nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of legislation punishing the use of a firearm.
No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.”
Idaho is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The local county sheriff shall issue a concealed weapons permit to a qualified applicant within ninety days. Applicants may be required to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm, generally by having taken an approved training course or by having received training in the military. A permit is valid for five years; permits issued before July 1, 2006 are valid for four years. Idaho recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any state. A concealed weapon may not be carried at a school or at a school sponsored activity, in a courthouse, in a prison or detention facility, or in certain other governmentally designated locations. It is unlawful to carry a concealed weapon while intoxicated. Open carry is legal in Idaho. A concealed weapons permit is not required for open carry, nor for long guns.
March 25, 2013 in a unanimous vote, the Idaho House of Representatives approved an important pro-gun reform. Introduced by the House State Affairs Committee and co-sponsored by state Representative Joe Palmer (R-20), House Bill 192 has created an enhanced concealed carry license option for those applicants who choose to undergo additional training for more carry benefits and more opportunities for reciprocity in other states. This enhanced concealed carry license helps increase recognition of Idaho’s permit in other states, increasing Idaho’s reciprocity agreement with almost 40 states.
Idaho is known as one of the great states that support the 2nd amendment and is very active in pro-gun rights for its citizens. Become a member of US Precision Defense and help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths.
Idaho is an “open carry” state. Carrying of unconcealed weapons, including loaded firearms, is not prohibited by Idaho Code. Persons who are not prohibited by law from owning firearms may openly carry firearms in plain sight, including in vehicles. Concealed Weapons License: Idaho is a “shall-issue” state. Under I.C. §18-3302, county sheriffs must issue a concealed weapons license to any citizen at least 21 years of age who applies for one, unless prohibited by I.C. §18-3302, as in the case of felons, the mentally ill, those dishonorably discharged from the military, those subject to a protective order for domestic violence, and drug addicts.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state.
Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 states promoting the benefits of relocating to Idaho. He also declared May “2nd Amendment Protection Month” statewide. “The National Rifle Association ranks Idaho as a gun-friendly state whose laws are among the least restrictive in the nation,” Otter said in his official proclamation. “The state of Idaho openly embraces companies in the arms and ammunition manufacturing sector to expand or relocate to the state.” The governor’s letters to industry leaders declared, “Here in Idaho, gun ownership is more than a constitutional right; it’s a way of life. That’s why I’m personally extending an invitation for you to grow your bottom line here in Idaho.”
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter stated; “We cherish and defend freedom — those principles are the fiber of who we are as Idahoans and represent all aspects of the way we conduct our business, from removing undue government regulations and restrictions to supporting gun ownership as a constitutional right,”
U.S. Senator Jim Risch today joined a group of his Republican colleagues in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), which states his opposition to legislation that would infringe upon Second Amendment rights.
“Idahoans are strongly against any further erosion of their Second Amendment rights. Legislation that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans is not the answer to the issues facing our nation,”
Members of US Precision Defense help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, they also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths.