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NRA Backed Laws Remove Barriers for Idaho Gun Owners, Make Concealed Carry Easier and Less Expensive

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NRA Backed Laws Remove Barriers for Idaho Gun Owners, Make Concealed Carry Easier and Less Expensive

Two NRA-backed bills become law in Idaho on Wednesday that remove barriers for law-abiding gun owners and make lawful concealed carry both easier and less expensive.

"Gun owners no longer have to ask the government for permission to carry their concealed weapons outside of city limits, and fees will be substantially less expensive for those who wish to get a concealed carry license," said Chris W. Cox, executive director for the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "This will have a significant impact on firearm-owning Idahoans who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights freely and without incurring burdensome expenses."

HB 301, which becomes law July 1, is an important piece of legislation that reforms Idaho’s confusing and unwieldy concealed weapons licensing statute and removes inherent ambiguities. It provides explicit statutory guidance for citizens and law enforcement alike.

Also on Wednesday, HB 16 becomes law. The bill creates an Idaho Friends of the NRA specialty license plate. These license plates will be available later this year for public purchase.

The proceeds from the Idaho Friends of the NRA license plates will be deposited into the National Rifle Association Foundation Idaho State Grant Fund and the funds received will be restricted to utilization within the state of Idaho in furtherance of the Idaho Friends of the NRA's mission. The Friends of the NRA program is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and cannot directly engage in political activity. 

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.