There are a total of 16 states with what is commonly called “Constitutional Carry.”
The term refers to a state that no longer requires a permit to carry a firearm concealed. Idaho originally passed the law in 2016.
While many of the states with Constitutional Carry do not delineate between a resident of their state and out-of-state residents, Idaho did to some degree.
Today, Idaho no longer restricts non-residents from carrying a firearm concealed inside of city limits without a permit.
To help Idahoans understand the new law, we want to clarify what the existing law was and what it has changed to.
First, Idaho’s current law already says that Idahoans who are 18-years-old and older can carry their firearms concealed anywhere in the state without a permit. Idahoans can also carry their firearms openly without a permit anywhere in the state.
For those who are not from Idaho, they could already carry their firearms openly anywhere in the state without a permit.
Additionally, those not from Idaho could carry their firearms concealed outside of city limits, or while in a vehicle anywhere in the state, and a permit was not needed.
The new law (HB 516) passed earlier this year, which goes into effect today, allows those same non-Idahoans to also carry their firearms concealed without a permit while inside of city limits.
Rep. Christy Zito was the primary sponsor of the bill in the House and Sen. Jim Rice was the sponsor in the Senate.
We asked Rep. Zito her thoughts on the new law going into effect and she told Idaho Dispatch,
Exquisite. Idaho should be very proud. It took a lot of work but the citizens mobilized, worked for four years, and made it happen.
Rep. Zito led an effort last year to lower the age limit for Constitutional Carry inside of city limits to 18-years-old for Idaho residents. That age limit matched what was already law outside of city limits.
We asked Sen. Rice if he anticipated any negative impact from the law and his overall feeling about the issue.
He told Idaho Dispatch,
I don’t expect any negative impact. Now our statute complies with the privileges and immunities clause of the US Constitution. It has never been more important to defend and exercise our right to keep and bear arms. All we have to do is look around at what is happening now to understand how wise our founding fathers were to insist on including the second amendment in the Bill of Rights!
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance led the charge to pass Constitutional Carry in 2016 and worked with Rep. Zito and others to expand the law twice in the last two years.
Seth Rosquist, Chairman of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, had this to say about the new law going into effect,
We aren’t concerned that anything is going to change from what it is now. With recent attacks on police and the call to disband and defund them, people should realize how important it is to make sure you have the ability to defend yourself. The government doesn’t have the right to tell you when and how you can carry. This is an awesome day for Idaho and for gun owners everywhere.
However, not everyone is pleased with the passage of full Constitutional Carry in Idaho.
Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety opposed the original passage of Constitutional Carry. Each of them also opposed both expansions of Constitutional Carry in the last two years.
Elana Story, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action, said of the Constitutional Carry expansion last year,
Gov. Little could have protected Idaho cities by exercising his veto authority, but he chose not to. Most Idahoans support firearm safety and training, and it’s truly disappointing the governor decided not to stand up for the common-sense requirements that this dangerous law will eliminate.
Both groups have concerns about non-training requirements and violence increasing as a result of Constitutional Carry.
Moms Demand Action, one of Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups, has been more active in Idaho in recent years.
The group has a number of chapters in Idaho and helped defeat SB 1384 earlier this year which would have allowed school teachers to carry their firearm onto school property with an Enhanced Concealed Weapons License.
What do you think of Idaho’s move to full Constitutional Carry?
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Tags: 2nd Amendment, Christy Zito, Constitutional Carry, Everytown for Gun Safety, HB 516, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, Jim Rice, Moms Demand Action