SB 1389, the bill to allow Constitutional Carry in the state of Idaho, is now a law that goes into effect on July 1, 2016. Idaho residents over 21 will now be able to legally carry concealed weapons within city limits, a right they’ve pretty much had already outside the city limits. People still cannot go into a Federal Building, courthouse, or Juvenile Facility with a concealed or openly carried gun. (You know, that common sense thing).
Idaho joins Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas, West Virginia, Arkansas, Maine, and Arizona. You must be a resident of Idaho, over 21, and not otherwise prohibited from possessing guns such as a convicted felon, mentally ill, etc. Again, that common sense thing. And there is still a mechanism by which people can receive a weapons license if they do choose to do so.
As we previously reported, the Idaho legislature sent the bill to the Governor’s desk on Monday last week. The pressure had been on for months, as anti-gun groups like Bloomberg’s Everytown, USA fought long and hard in an attempt to”hijack” the bill before it got there. But the fight against the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) was futile in the end, as they fought back, and handily defeated the anti-gunners.
“I’m a gun owner, a hunter and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. I have consistently championed our citizens’ gun rights throughout my years in public office, and I do so again today in signing Senate Bill 1389 into law.” Governor Butch Otter.
The only thing that Governor Otter was worried about was that S 1389 did not have a provision for education.
“While S 1389 is consistent with the U.S. Constitution, Idaho values and our commitment to upholding our constitutional protections from governor overreach, I am concerned about its lack of any provision for education and training of the individuals who choose to exercise the right to concealed carry.
… In the absence of such a provision, I encourage anyone considering concealed carry to take advantage of gun safety training opportunities available from many reputable sources throughout Idaho.”
NRA-ILA Director Chris Cox was delighted at the outcome:
“This is a great day for law-abiding gun owners in Idaho. Now, the residents of Idaho can choose what method of self-defense suits them best no matter where they are in the state…Once again the people have rejected Bloomberg’s gun-control agenda. It’s clear that Idahoans respect their Second Amendment rights and saw right through Bloomberg’s lies. The people of Idaho are safer today with Gov. Otter’s signature on SB 1389.”
As far as those of us who live here go, we just have to remember not to go parading across the state line into Washington with our guns …they take a dim view of people that have no concealed carry permits. But it’s nice to know that in Idaho, the Constitution matters.
“The legislature hereby finds that the people of Idaho have reserved for themselves the right to keep and bear arms…” SB 1389
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