Constitutional Carry Legal in Idaho

The state of Idaho now officially has made constitutional carry legal in all cities and counties, now that Senate Bill 1389 has been signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

According to this story from NBC News, the bill removes the permitting requirement to carry concealed. Previously, residents age 18 or older could carry concealed firearms without a permit outside of city limits, but cities had their own laws regarding the carrying of firearms. The new law will make the rules uniform across the state. Open carry is already legal within city limits, the story says.

Even though Otter signed the bill, he expressed concerns over its lack of a training requirement before someone is allowed to carry a concealed firearm.

"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," Otter wrote in a letter to the president of the Idaho Senate.

"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."

"Senate Bill 1389 is common sense gun legislation," said Greg Pruett, Executive Director of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance in this story from 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."

Otter encouraged the Legislature to monitor the implementation of this new law and respond appropriately if the lack of an education component becomes a problem.