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Idaho Legislature Introduces Constitutional Carry Bill

Scott Graf
Boise State Public Radio

Any legal, adult United States resident would be able to carry a concealed weapon in Idaho cities under a new bill that was introduced Monday.

The so-called “constitutional carry” bill from Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) would make it easier for adults to carry a concealed weapon in Idaho without having to memorize state-specific rules.

Right now, out-of-staters need to have a concealed carry permit from their state to legally carry their guns in Idaho towns, but they can do so outside city limits.

State lawmakers here have rolled back these requirements for in-state residents over the last few years and now want to extend those rights to people who live elsewhere.

Democrats asked Zito why these same privileges should be extended to those who don’t live in Idaho. She said a person’s 2nd Amendment rights aren’t shelved just because they cross a state line.

Democrats tried to reject introducing the bill, which failed. It will need approval after a public hearing before it could go to the House floor.

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