On Monday, March 2, House Bill 65A passed out of the Idaho State House of Representatives by a vote of 66-3. HB65 is now in the Senate State Affairs Committee.
Sponsored by State Representative Joe Palmer (R-20A), this pro-gun bill would permit law-abiding Idahoans to purchase firearms in non-contiguous states. It would also permit non-residents to purchase long guns in Idaho. As the outdated law currently stands, residents of Idaho can only purchase firearms from immediately surrounding states. With the passage of HB65 a resident of Idaho would now be allowed to purchase a firearm in most of the 49 other states. This bill affects only rifles and shotguns, as federal law prohibits interstate handgun sales. An additional benefit is that out-of-state visitors would be able to purchase long guns while in Idaho.
We will keep you alerted as to when there is any further movement on HB65. Please continue to check www.NRAILA.org and your e-mail for updates throughout the legislative session.