Gun Laws in Idaho

Explore Idaho's gun laws with our comprehensive guide. Learn about permits, registration, assault weapon laws, carry permits, and more. Stay informed about Idaho's permissive firearm regulations.

Subject/Law Long Guns Hand Guns Relevant Statutes Notes
State permit required to purchase? No No
Firearm registration? No No
Assault weapon law? No No
Magazine capacity restriction? No No
Owner license required? No No
Permit required for concealed carry? N/A No I.C. § 18-3302
I.C. § 18-3302K
Idaho is a "shall issue" state for citizens and lawful permanent residents who are 18 years or older. Regular and Enhanced permits are issued.
Permitless carry took effect on July 1, 2016.
Permit required for open carry? No No I.C. § 18-3302 May carry openly without permit.
Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law? Yes Yes I.C. § 19-202A
State preemption of local restrictions? Yes Yes I.C. § 18-3302J
NFA weapons restricted? No No
Peaceable Journey laws? No No
Background checks required for private sales? No No

Understanding Gun Laws by State: Idaho

When it comes to gun laws, every state in the United States has its unique set of rules and regulations. In this article, we will delve into the specifics of Idaho's gun laws. The Gem State is known for its relaxed stance on firearms, and we'll explore what that means for residents and visitors alike.

Permits and Registration

In Idaho, there is no requirement for a state permit to purchase either long guns or handguns. This means that Idaho residents can buy firearms without needing to first obtain a specific permit from the state. Additionally, there is no requirement for firearm registration. This applies to both long guns and handguns. So, once you've purchased a firearm in Idaho, you don't need to register it with the state.

Assault Weapons and Magazine Capacity

Idaho does not have an assault weapon law. This means that there are no specific restrictions or bans on assault weapons in the state. Similarly, there are no magazine capacity restrictions in Idaho. This means that there are no limits on the number of rounds a firearm's magazine can hold.

Owner License and Carry Permits

There is no requirement for an owner license in Idaho. This means that you don't need a specific license to own a firearm in the state. When it comes to carrying firearms, Idaho has some specific laws. For concealed carry, Idaho is a "shall issue" state for citizens and lawful permanent residents who are 18 years or older. This means that the state will issue a concealed carry permit to any applicant who meets the legal requirements. However, as of July 1, 2016, Idaho has permitless carry, meaning you do not need a permit to carry a concealed firearm if you meet the age and residency requirements. For open carry, there is no permit required. You may carry a firearm openly without a permit in Idaho.

Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground Law

Idaho has a Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law. This law allows you to use force, including deadly force, to protect yourself in your home (your "castle") without the duty to retreat. This law also extends to any place where you have a legal right to be.

State Preemption of Local Restrictions

Idaho has a state preemption of local restrictions. This means that the state laws on firearms override any local laws or ordinances. This ensures that gun laws are consistent throughout the state, preventing local governments from enacting stricter gun control measures.

NFA Weapons and Peaceable Journey Laws

There are no restrictions on NFA (National Firearms Act) weapons in Idaho. This means that weapons such as machine guns, suppressors, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns are not specifically restricted under state law. However, federal laws and regulations still apply. Idaho does not have Peaceable Journey laws. This means that there are no specific protections for travelers with firearms passing through the state.

Background Checks for Private Sales

Finally, there are no background checks required for private sales of firearms in Idaho. This means that private individuals can sell firearms to each other without conducting a background check. However, it is still illegal to knowingly sell a firearm to someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one.

In conclusion, Idaho's gun laws are generally permissive, with few restrictions on firearm ownership and use. However, it's always important to stay informed and up-to-date on the laws, as they can change. Always practice safe and responsible gun ownership.