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Idaho: New Permitless Carry Bill Introduced

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Idaho: New Permitless Carry Bill Introduced

Yesterday, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted to print and introduce Senate Bill 1389, NRA-endorsed permitless carry legislation.  With the end of the 2016 legislative session drawing near, time is crucial.   Please contact members of the Senate State Affairs Committee TODAY and politely urge them to support SB 1389.  

Sponsored by state Senator Curt Mckenzie (R-Nampa), SB 1389 would greatly expand firearm rights for law-abiding Idahoans.  The provisions of this important legislation would accomplish the following reforms:

  • Retain the current exemption for the lawful carrying of concealed weapons “outside the limits or confines of any city” by law-abiding individuals who are 18 years of age or older;
  • Recognize the right of law-abiding Idaho residents who are 21 years of age or older to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense within city limits without a permit;
  • Create a shall issue concealed weapon licensing regime for law-abiding individuals who are between 18 and 21 years of age and who have completed the training requirements prescribed in section 18-3302K.

This legislation would recognize a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense, in the manner he or she chooses.  SB 1389 recognizes that self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.  Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend himself or herself in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes. 

It is already lawful to open carry a firearm in the state of Idaho without government-mandated permitting and taxes.  Idahoans should not be penalized for the method they feel most comfortable defending themselves.  

Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the Senate State Affairs Committee in support of SB 1389!

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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.