Idaho's Controversial New Gun Law Has Some In Law Enforcement CONCERNED

March 28, 2016Mar 28, 2016

On July 1, Idaho will join just a handful of other states that will allow people to carry concealed handguns within city limits without a concealed weapons permit. Idaho, like Wyoming, does limit the new law to residents only, unlike Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, and Vermont, which allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry concealed. West Virginia will join those states on June 5.


Until now, Idaho has required a short class on gun laws and a background check in order to get a concealed carry permit. Despite some reservations, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed the new "permitless carry" law into effect, according to KBOI.

In a statement, he wrote, "...I am concerned about its lack of any provision for education and training of the individuals who choose to exercise the right to concealed carry. ...In the absence of such a provision, I encourage anyone considering concealed carry to take advantage of gun safety training opportunities available from many reputable sources throughout Idaho."

Safe Sound and Ready gun-training facility owner Jim Neitzell said he's prepared for more attendees in his class.

He said, "When Arizona passed the bill, gun classes got busier. More people actually seeked training, so we are hoping for that."

While some in law enforcement in Idaho welcome the new law, many city police chiefs do not.

According to KTVB, police chiefs from several cities, including Boise, expressed their support of the 2nd amendment but said, "Without the requirement to possess a concealed weapons license, law enforcement will lack a lawful means of preventing individuals prohibited from lawfully possessing firearms (i.e. convicted felons, prohibited possessors or psychologically impaired). The passing of this bill will not make our streets nor our citizens safer."

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