In 2012 I wanted Idaho to have Constitutional Carry.
It wasn’t until 2016 that we got a large chunk of it here in Idaho due to the efforts of the members of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance.
The law that passed in 2016 had restrictions on Americans who didn’t live in Idaho and those who were under 21-years-old. That’s not how most states do Constitutional Carry.
However, as of today (7-1-2020), all Americans can carry their firearms concealed in Idaho and no permit is required from the government!
Earlier this year, Rep. Christy Zito sponsored HB 516 which expanded Constitutional Carry to the inside of city limits.
Idaho’s previous version of Constitutional Carry said that non-Idahoans could carry their firearms concealed without a permit outside of city limits. They could also carry inside of city limits as long as they remained in their vehicle. This meant that if a non-Idahoan crossed into city limits and exited their vehicle at a store, they were now in violation of the law.
This was an arbitrary and ludicrous restriction that needed to be repealed.
Last year, Rep. Zito led the effort to lower the age-limit inside city limits for Constitutional Carry to 18-years-old.
Again, outside of city limits these 18-year-olds could already carry concealed without a permit. They could also carry openly without a permit anywhere in the state.
We spent four years removing both of these restrictions.
It took nearly eight years from the time we started the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance to get Idaho to a full Constitutional Carry state.
The frustrating part to me was that states like Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire let all Americans carry in their states without a permit but Idaho didn’t.
In fact, there are now only two Constitutional Carry states left that restrict residents of other states from carrying without a permit: Wyoming and North Dakota.
All other Constitutional Carry states allow all Americans to carry without a permit, just as the 2nd Amendment intended.
I want to thank the gun owners in Idaho who made this possible. I also want to thank Rep. Zito who stood by Idaho’s gun owners despite attacks from her own party and the gun grabbers.
Additional thanks for the legislators who co-sponsored the bills over the years and voted for them.
Despite what is happening in so many other states across the country, Idaho continues to move forward on restoring the 2nd Amendment!
If you are in a state without Constitutional Carry, keep up the fight. It doesn’t happen overnight.
Mobilize the gun owners in your state and keep the pressure on!
There is no reason for a “red” state to not have Constitutional Carry. The Republicans all claim to support the 2nd Amendment when they campaign right?
Well, it’s time to hold them to it!
Stay in the fight and remember that the power belongs to you to make the changes necessary!