Friday, March 20, 2015

Bill Loosening Concealed Carry Laws Passes Through Idaho House Committee

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:38 AM

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A revised bill that would rewrite Idaho's concealed carry weapons permitting process passed through the Idaho House State Affairs Committee this morning.

House Bill 243 would allow Idahoans to carry concealed weapons in their house or business, on their property, on private property where the owner has given permission or outside the limits of any city in Idaho. The measure gives exemptions to law enforcement, on-duty members of the armed forces, retired peace officers with at least 10 years of service and people with a concealed carry license issued in another state, 

Concealed weapons permits are not to be issued to anyone under 21, anyone who has been imprisoned for at least one year, anyone legally defined as mentally ill, and any unlawful user of marijuana or narcotics. A county sheriff may issue a license to carry a concealed weapon to those between 18 and 21 years old, but only at the sheriff's discretion.

The revised bill restores the exemption for public and elected officials.

The bill passed through the committee, 12-4, along party lines and now heads to the full Idaho House for its consideration.

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