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Gun Control Group Gives Idaho “F” Rating, Pro-2nd Amendment Publication Rates Idaho #2

By • June 5, 2021

Idaho is a state known for its culture of firearm ownership.

Idaho has several ammunition manufacturing facilities. According to a study done by “WalletHub,” Idaho is the state most dependent on the firearm industry.

In addition to the WalletHub study, every year, a gun control group and a 2nd Amendment publication put out rankings for each state based on their firearm policies.

The gun-control group “Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence”  or “Giffords” put out a grade for Idaho earlier this year on how well our state implements gun control policies. The ranking is based on the status of Idaho’s firearm laws in 2020. “Guns and Ammo Magazine” also gave Idaho a ranking for its friendliness toward firearms based on our firearm laws from the previous year (2020).

Former Democrat Congresswoman Gabby Giffords from Arizona started her own gun control group after being shot in the head in Arizona where a murderer took the lives of six people at a rally for Giffords. After Giffords’s recovered from her injury, and after the Sandy Hook shooting, she started the Giffords to push gun control policies throughout the country.

Gifford’s group also publishes an annual letter rating for each state and how their firearm laws line up with the goal of her organization.

With the 2020 rankings out, Giffords gave Idaho an “F” rating.

Here is what Giffords says about Idaho on their website and the reason for the “F” rating:

Idaho has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, and took action to expand its dangerous permitless carry law in 2020. The state has the 19th-highest gun death rate in the country.

To save lives from gun violence, lawmakers should require background checks on all firearm purchases and enact an extreme risk protection order law to allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals in crisis.

Giffords also lists what they say Idaho does right regarding gun control and what they get wrong. Here is an image the group shared on their website (story continues below):

Guns and Ammo Magazine released its 2021 ranking for Idaho with a result opposite of Giffords.

The magazine has been listing state rankings for years, and they base the rankings based on how friendly a state is toward firearm ownership. Back in 2013, for instance, Guns and Ammo ranked Idaho “#32” in the country.

Over the years, Idaho has been ranked higher and higher on the Guns and Ammo ranking system. For instance, Idaho passed what is commonly called “Constitutional Carry” in 2016, and Guns and Ammo ranked Idaho “#19” in 2017.

This year, Guns and Ammo ranked Idaho as the #2 most gun-friendly state in the country. The site also says that in terms of “points,” Idaho is tied for first place with Arizona.

Here is what Guns and Ammo says about Idaho:

The big news for gun owners in Idaho this year was Governor Brad Little’s signature on a permitless carry bill in March. Permitless carry was already legal for Idaho residents, but this legislation extends the law to cover all U.S. Citizens over the age of 18 to carry, including in the cities.

With this slight change in law, Idaho ties the number one state in terms of points. (2019 rank: 2)

Are you happy or frustrated with Idaho’s rating with Giffords? Are you happy or frustrated with Idaho’s ranking with Guns and Ammo?

Let us know in the comments below!


Tags: 2nd Amendment, Gabby Giffords, Giffords Law Center for Gun Violence Prevention, Gun Control, Guns and Ammo Magazine

13 thoughts on “Gun Control Group Gives Idaho “F” Rating, Pro-2nd Amendment Publication Rates Idaho #2

  1. We should be proud of our F grade!

    But on the 2nd poll, who got 1st place, and what do our laws say that bumped us to 2nd?

    Time for some target practice!

  2. I’m blessed to live in one of the most gun friendly states in the nation. Matters not if we are #1 or #2.

  3. It’s all true. In my 67 years I have never seen more gun violence in America. Thanks to increasingly liberal criminal justice standards and leftist activists judges an increasing number of violent criminals are released back on the street to do more crime. Criminal illegal aliens are not deported and often released from custody in BLUE states like California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
    Prosecutors in BLUE cities across the country plea bargain case from felonies to misdemeanors to “reduce the burden on the courts” and boost the conviction rates. Liberal activists Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police across the country restrict their deputies and officers from performing their duty to protect the public while disarming the law abiding citizens.

    All this insanity is done in the name of increasing public safety. The Cool-aid guzzling lunatics and neo-marxist politicians on the left are convinced these are good ideas that will make the streets safer. Here are just a few examples.

    – The disreputable but always entertaining Ocasio O’Crazio Cortez, D-NY thinks the best way to reduce crime is to build fewer jails and prisons while stating publicly that owning a gun is not a right guaranteed in the Constitution. All the while letting her ailing grandmother in Costa Rica live in poverty and squalor following last Junes hurricane while she lives high on the hog here in the US.

    – Comrade Biden’s AFT Director nominee David Chipman (remember Waco and Ruby Ridge) believes that any rifle chambered in anything larger than .22 should be classified as an assault weapon and be banned. He enthusiastically supports a national RED FLAG law and gun confiscation.

    – Gun grabbing neo-marxists at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (now there’s a mouthful) are convinced that every law abiding gun owner is a potential mass shooting criminal and promote RED FLAG laws that could make millions of law abiding Americans INSTANT criminals based on unproven allegations.

    – In Washington, universal background checks, magazine capacity limits and a national gun ownership database, along with dozens of other proposals, will solve the gun violence problem problem in the U.S.

    – Shamefully, back home here in the Great State of Idaho we have elected leaders like Senators Wintrow, Nye, Stennett, Jordon and host of others who will exploit the most horrific tragedies to forward their anti-gun agenda.

    I am proud of our “F” score from the GCLPJV (even the acronym is a mouthful). It means that we are doing everything right to safe guard our constitutional rights and need to keep up the pressure on our elected officials. Our leftists enemies in local and state government are nothing but liars, bullies and cowards who hide behind slogans and promote panic and fear to forward there agendas. Lets keep them on the back foot while we work to replace them with fair minded citizens who respect individual freedom and liberty. Always remember!

    “A well regulated militia, necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    1. Damn well said, sir.

      We need to keep pushing for that coveted #1 spot!

      “A well regulated militia, necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is all the ‘gun control’ anybody needs.

  4. Yeah sure we have the 19th highest gun death rate… but you left out how according to the cdc we’re literally the lowest overall homicide rate in the country, and in the lowest 10 states for overall violent crime. Cherry pick more data please.

    1. Exactly. It’s always great to see the careful wording (spin) the left uses when pushing their agenda. “Gun Deaths”… and then seamlessly transitions into Gun Violence, as though they’re the same thing. Suicides. Use of justified lethal force in self defense by private citizens and/or LEOs. Hunting accidents… etc. etc. are all counted as “Gun Deaths”. But what none of those reflect is gun violence and homicides. This is why these inbred morons will never actually debate anyone in a public forum… because they’re completely full of sh!t and their arguments are based on smoke and mirrors. We’re hoping to retire to ID in the not too distant future, and Idaho’s AMAZING stance on the 2A combined with it’s lowest in the country homicide rate is part of the reason for that goal. Keep up the fight Idaho… you’re doing great.

  5. Interesting that our F grade is not stopping leftists from fleeing their grossly mismanaged blue states and coming here.

    1. You seriously need to pass a law that requires a demonstrated red voting history for the last ten years before allowing someone to move in from a blue state 🙂 I’m in a blue state, I’m hardcore red, and I’d LOVE to be able to move to ID… but to DEFEND IT, not change it. In all seriousness… whatever you can do to keep the cancer out… do it.

  6. The Giffordes own guns and I bet they don’t obey the laws they want imposed on us. I hope Idaho stays a F grade.

  7. Well, my momma is proud of me and my F 😉
    Good job Idaho. That’s when you know we’re the shining freedom star !!!

  8. Of course the Gifford Law Center gave Idaho an “F”. Their agenda is to take away our guns. They are so naive to think that is a good thing. The Russians and Chinese are sitting and waiting for this country to implode. Taking away guns is one big step.

  9. Come on man… Idaho has a very low homicide rate! Please keep your blue policies out Idaho! #RedIdaho

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