Idaho Governor Brad Little signed HB 516 into effect on March 26, 2020, decriminalizing concealed carry for the first time in 132 years for everyone across Idaho. Previously, permitless concealed carry (constitutional carry) was limited to only to Idaho residents. Effective July 1, 2020, non-Idaho residents may carry concealed in the gem state without a permit. Idaho only required a permit in cities and towns.
This applies to anyone 18 and older.
Idaho joins 13 states that do not restrict constitutional carry to state residents only. There are 18 states that allow permitless concealed carry across most of the state.
In 1888, Idaho first banned carrying a firearm, openly or concealed, in any city, town or village or in any public assembly of Idaho Territory. In 1902, the state supreme court case
In Re Brickey found that the ban on an openly carried firearm was unconstitutional. The statues were then re-written to ban only concealed carry.
In 1990, Idaho passed a "shall-issue" concealed firearm permit law. In 2016, Idaho enacted its first constitutional carry law, allowing state residents 21 and older.
Now Idaho has come full circle and ended over a century of infringing on the right to bear arms. Permits are still available to be applied for in the current manner for those who are interested for reciprocity purposes.
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