So-called "permitless" firearms carry becomes law in Idaho on Friday, July 1, and Idaho Second Amendment advocates won't waste any time celebrating the milestone.
The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance rally
will take place on the Idaho State Capitol Mall from 5-6 p.m. Similar rallies
, which pressed for such a law to go into effect, drew hundreds
of demonstrators to the Idaho Statehouse in recent months.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed SB 1389 into law in March, allowing Idahoans to begin carrying concealed firearms across the Gem State. In signing the bill, Otter issued a statement encouraging those who choose to carry concealed firearms to receive safety training, though there's no training provision in the bill.
The law enables Idahoans over the age of 21 to carry concealed firearms without a permit with few exceptions. Idahoans aged 18-21 may permitless carry at the discretion of local sheriffs.
During the rapid passage of SB 1389 through the 2016 Idaho legislature, it drew heated testimony from stakeholders and the public
. During a public hearing on the bill, proponents said permitless carry is more in line with the Second Amendment and would better enable Idahoans to protect themselves and their families. Critics, including some affected by gun violence, said the bill would make people less safe and didn't reflect the views of most Idahoans.
Previously, concealed carry without a permit was limited to areas outside city limits. Idaho is now the eighth state to allow permitless carry of firearms.