On Friday, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed Senate Bill 1389 into law, making the state the ninth to enact permitless carry laws. In actuality, permitless concealed carry was already already legal for all residents over 18 years old—except within city limits. Senate Bill 1389, which is set to take effect in July, will allow adults 21 years old or older to carry concealed handguns inside a city without permit requirements.

“Senate Bill 1389 is common sense gun legislation,” Greg Pruett, Executive Director of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA), told the Clearwater Tribune. “Permitless Carry has been legal outside city limits for many years in Idaho. SB 1389 simply allows law-abiding gun owners to put on a jacket without breaking the law when they are carrying inside city limits.”

In recent years, several other states have also enacted laws that allowed for “constitutional carry,” the term that advocates use for permitless carry. Other states that recognize permitless carry include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Kansas. Bills are also currently in consideration for several states to enact constitutional carry, including no less than four bills in Michigan. Such efforts are widely supported by gun owners and Second Amendment groups, such as the ISAA, which spearheaded the outreach for the Idaho bill.

However, gun control groups also unanimously oppose constitutional carry. Activists argue that the additional training and regulation that goes with a concealed weapon permit is not only beneficial, it is necessary. Governor Otter pointed to the same argument when he signed the bill into law.

“While S1389 is consistent with the U.S. Constitution, Idaho values and our commitment to upholding our constitutional protections from government overreach, I am concerned about its lack of any provision for education and training of individuals who choose to exercise the right to concealed carry,” MSNBC quoted the Republican governor. “Such a safeguard would seem to be part of the Second Amendment’s ‘well-regulated’ standard. What’s more, the addition of a simple training requirement in this bill could have addressed the concerns of our valued law enforcement leaders and others who cherish both the shooting culture and the safety of shooters and non-shooters alike.”

Otter added that lawmakers should observe the effects of the new law—and if required, act to change it if it “undermines public safety.”

Seeing as how the majority of gun owners in the state already had access to permitless carry for years, many observers do not suspect the new law to bring any issues.

 

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7 thoughts on “Idaho Becomes the 9th Constitutional Carry State

  1. For the sake of keeping people out of trouble. If you live in Idaho and plan on making use of this bill AWESOME!! Just for knowledge sake this bill takes affect July 1st of this year. Don’t want anyone getting hasty and getting into any legal troubles along the way.

  2. I am absolutely for this new law. Not only because of where we live but there are crazy people out there trying to kill you, read the news. Support our Second Amendment!

    1. Ur asking for trouble by posting that. But i guess trolls are everywhere. How much does the obama doj pay you to troll?

  3. The law is broken when dangerous, untrained idiots with an itch to kill people can run around with guns as “law-abiding gun owners.” People out of their homes with guns should be heavily-trained. It’s just not the same as defending your home when you’re out in public and could hit bystanders, or could be shot by cops when you pull a gun because you mistook yourself for law-enforcement, and real law-enforcement mistook you for a maniac with a gun.

  4. Anyone opposed to any bill that protects us as a society are complete morons and do not understand that criminals do not follow any laws and if you take my right away to carry a firearm to protect me and possibly you idiots from being killed, need to seriously read and do a hell of a lot more research. If we all carried firearms, how much criminal activity do you think we would have? next to none. If you take away my rights as well as yours where do you think crime will rank then? you will probably be deathly afraid to go out during the day and night. Use your God given brain and use some common sense before you open your big mouth, so someone can shove right back down your throat. I am tired of those of you who listen to all the scare tactics from others and base your opinions on someone else who doesn’t have any informative research or studies to prove their reasoning or point they want to make. GUNS DON’T AND CAN’T kill people……people kill people for you idiots that don’t understand that a piece of metal is an inanimate object and can’t fire on its own, it needs a living human being to do that for it. If you take away gun rights, who wants to take a knife to defend themselves from a gun toting criminal. you want to lose your life, your children’s lives, your loved ones, friends lives because of ignorance? Criminals will get a gun whether you have laws or not. Only law abiding citizens follow the laws, until you force them to break the laws to defend themselves against ruthless criminals. Then who becomes the criminal?

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