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Purchasing Firearms

There is no state permit required for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun, or handgun.

It is unlawful to directly or indirectly sell to any minor under the age of eighteen years any weapon without the written consent of the parent or guardian of the minor.

No state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun or handgun.

Statute 18-33. Firearms, Explosives and Other Deadly Weapons for more information and restrictions.

Concealed Weapons

As of July 1, 2016, Idaho statute allows residents 21 years of age, not disqualified from having a permit, to carry a concealed firearm statewide without a permit. Permitless carry is already legal outside of city limits for individuals 18 or older, and open carry is currently legal within city limits.

Concealed weapon licenses are still available from your County Sheriff. Residents must secure one to gain reciprocity in other states. The license is valid for five years.

You may carry a firearm in your vehicle inside the city limits or confines of a city, as long as it is in plain view, loaded or unloaded. But if you are going to conceal it, the firearm must be disassembled or unloaded.

It is unlawful for any person to carry a concealed weapon on or about his person when intoxicated or under the influence of an intoxicating drink or drug.

Statute 18-3302. Issuance of Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons for more information and restrictions.

Under 18

It is unlawful for any person under the age of eighteen (18) years to possess or have in possession any weapon, as defined in section 18-3302A, Idaho Code, unless he or she:

  1. Has the written permission of his or her parent or guardian to possess the weapon; or
  2. Is accompanied by his or her parent or guardian while he or she has the weapon in his possession.

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Does Idaho recognize concealed weapons licenses from other states?
Yes. However, while in Idaho, you must carry the license on your person at all times when you are carrying a concealed weapon. (Idaho Code Section 18-3302(12)(g))
Do I have to take a test in order to obtain a concealed weapons permit?
No, you do not have to take a test. Usually an education course is required, however there are exceptions. See the Attorney General's Concealed Weapons License FAQ.
Are there places where I cannot carry a concealed weapon even with a permit?

Yes. You may not carry a concealed weapon in a courthouse, juvenile detention facility, adult correctional facility, prison, jail, public school or private school.

Federal law may prohibit you from carrying a weapon in places such as federal courthouses and airports.

If you have any doubt, you should contact the government entity prior to carrying a weapon onto its premises.