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Bill expands Idaho concealed-carry law to non-residents

Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 12:34:29-05

BOISE — Visitors to Idaho 18 and older who can legally possess firearms would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits under new legislation put forward Monday.

The House State Affairs Committee voted to hold a hearing on the measure introduced by Republican Rep. Christy Zito.

Idaho residents 18 and older are allowed to carry a concealed handgun within city limits in Idaho without a permit or training following a new law that went into place last summer.

The proposed legislation would extend that to any legal resident of the United States.

Zito says the legislation is intended to clear up confusion.

Zito says she didn’t speak with the Idaho Sheriffs Association. She says the Idaho Fraternal Order of Police chose not to support the legislation but won’t oppose it.

Democratic Rep. John Gannon said he was concerned it could mean extra work for Idaho law enforcement agencies trying to determine if a non-resident qualified under Idaho law to possess a firearm.