Idahoans still apply for weapons permits despite new rules

Posted at 11:50 AM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 13:50:46-05

Though adults over the age of 21 in Idaho have been able to carry concealed weapons in most places without a county-issued permit since July, many residents are still seeking permits.

The Idaho Statesman reports applications by Idaho residents looking to carry concealed firearms have remained steady since the change, though now a larger number of the applications are for enhanced permits that allow users to carry concealed weapons in other states.

According to the Idaho State Police, as of December, 131,665 Idaho adults possessed a concealed weapons permit, about eight percent of the state's population. Of those, 21 percent were enhanced permits.

Enhanced permits require training, meaning demand for gun safety classes has remained high.

So far this year, 215 people have taken classes offered nearly monthly by the Ada County Sheriff's Office.