Concealed Carry Laws for Idaho

Idaho State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Idaho Gun Laws

Idaho Gun Laws

Permit to Purchase
Firearm Registration
Licensing of Owners
Permit to Carry
Legal Liabilities
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
Immunity from civil liability
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Idaho

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Idaho

May I carry a weapon on my person in Idaho?

Yes, you may carry a weapon that is clearly visible. If you are carrying a concealed weapon outside the limits of the city you may do so without a license if you are at least 18 years old and not disqualified under Idaho law from obtaining a concealed weapon license.

You may carry a concealed weapon without a license in city limits if you are at least 21 years of age, a resident of Idaho and not disqualified under Idaho law from obtaining a concealed weapon license.

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Idaho permits the open carrying of firearms. Effective July 1, 2016, state law allows any Idaho resident to carry a concealed handgun without a license to carry, provided the person is over 21 years old and not disqualified from being issued a license to carry concealed weapons under state law. (S.L. 2016, ch. 208, § 1, eff. July 1, 2016.)
The law permits both residents and non-residents who are over 18 years old to carry concealed weapons outside the limits of or confines of any city, without a license, if the person is not otherwise disqualified from being issued a license to carry. A person may also carry concealed weapons on or about his or her person without a license in the person’s place of abode or fixed place of business, on property in which the person has any ownership or leasehold interest, or on private property where the person has permission to carry from any person with an ownership or leasehold interest in that property.                                                                     
A “concealed weapon” includes a firearm “carried on or about the person in a manner not discernible by ordinary observation.” Idaho Code §§ 18-3302(3), (2). “Upon or about one’s person” has been defined by the Idaho courts as encompassing not only the carrying of a weapon in one’s clothing or a handbag or bag, but going about with the weapon in such close proximity that it is readily accessible for prompt use.
The test for concealment is whether the weapon is carried so as not to be discernible by ordinary observation. State v. McNary, 100 Idaho 244, 247, 596 P.2d 417, 420 (1979). The restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon without a license do not apply to weapons located in plain view; any lawfully possessed shotgun or rifle; a firearm that is not loaded and is concealed in a motor vehicle; a firearm that is not loaded and is secured in a case; and a firearm that is disassembled, or permanently altered such that it is not readily operable. Idaho Code § 18-3302(4).
Idaho has additional exemptions from the carry license requirement for officials of a city, county or the state of Idaho, law enforcement officers, members of the armed forces or the national guard when in performance of official duties, persons with a valid carry license from another state, and others. Idaho Code § 18-3302(5). Idaho is a “shall issue” state respecting the issuance of concealed carry licenses. Licenses to carry are issued by the sheriff in the county in which the applicant resides. The sheriff must issue the license within 90 days of the filing of an application by a person who is not disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm under state or federal law.

To Obtain a Permit for Reciprocity Purposes:

For a CCW you must apply at your local Sheriff’s department. Idaho Is A Shall Issue State

In Idaho you must demonstrate familiarity with the firearm. Usually, one of the following courses is required: 

  1. A hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or a similar agency of another state;
  2. A National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course or any National Rifle Association hunter education course;
  3. A firearms safety or training course or class offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, university, or private or public school or firearms training school. You may wish to utilize instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or the Idaho State Police;
  4. A law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, law enforcement agencies or security enforcement agencies

This is a link to the Concealed Weapons License Handgun Safety Training Course: CLICK HERE

A county sheriff may grant you a license without completing one of the courses if:

  1. You present evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through your participation in an organized shooting competition or military service; or You are licensed or have been licensed to carry a firearm in Idaho or an Idaho county or city, unless the license has been revoked for cause.
(Some states honor Idaho's ENHANCED permit ONLY: AZ, DE, MN, NM, SC, VA, WA, WI, or only Idaho RESIDENT permits)  For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation.  YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.
Defender Plan: The Best Protection For Those With A Valid Concealed Carry Permit

Concealed Carry Permits In Idaho Is Governed By A State Constitution

Concealed Carry Permits Idaho ID

State constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are states like; Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, Kansas, Oaklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in Idaho. 

Do you know the laws where you live in Idaho, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.

You must know your State's Gun Laws!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) 

Concealed Carry Permits In Idaho Are Different From Other States

While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in Idaho you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm.

Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis.

Concealed Carry Education

In order to obtain a Concealed Carry permit, most states require citizens to take a concealed carry education course in-person. Once they complete the entire course, they are eligible to purchase a permit/license. Typically, a course will consist of two sections: theory and hands-on training. Generally, most people would rather take the theory portion of the course on their own time, in the comfort of their own home. Thankfully, there are a few states that allow qualified applicants to take the theory portion online, and the following states happen to be one of these states. Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Texas, Utah, and Virginia! 

Getting A Weapons Permit In Idaho Then you Need A Protection Plan?

If you do decide to take a concealed carry course online, We recommend ConcealedCarry-Ed . This handgun education program is committed to delivering the most up-to-date material that is both accurate and meets the state’s education requirements. After passing the course, you can print out your certificate. This certificate is proof that you have taken and completed the online course. Some states will require you to take a field day after taking the course. In other words, you will still have to take the physical portion of the test.

Bring your certificate to your field day expert as proof that you have taken and completed the theory portion of the course. Once you complete all the requirements and passed all the exams, you should be able to apply for your permit/license.

There are three types of Concealed Carry In States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional  Carry

Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in Idaho may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well. 

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.Every State's Concealed Carry Law is different

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. 


Find out how to obtain a CCW - CHL  in every State by clicking here; concealed carry permits 

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