State Gun Laws for Idaho
Idaho State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.
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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.
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:
- A hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game or a similar agency of another state;
- A National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course or any National Rifle Association hunter education course;
- 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;
- 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:
- 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.
Idaho Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States
State gun laws vary significantly from in Idaho to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Idaho have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.
Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Idaho know ALL of the State Gun Laws!
As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.
In Idaho As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws
The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.
Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Idaho are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Idaho especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Idaho may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.
If You Travel From Idaho With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!
Keep in mind that although your Idaho permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.
Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Idaho state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!
It should be noted that Idaho state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.