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Bill To Expand Concealed Carry Of Weapons Passes Idaho House

Keith Ridler
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Charles Nielsen, 58, and his 11-year-old granddaughter, Bailey Nielsen, testify before a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Feb. 24, 2020.

A bill to allow most Americans to carry concealed weapons anywhere in Idaho is headed to the state Senate.

House Bill 516 would expand what gun rights activists call constitutional carry. The idea is that citizens should be able to carry weapons openly or concealed without a permit.

Idaho already allows state residents to carry just about anywhere, but out-of-staters face some restrictions. This bill, brought by Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett), would drop those restrictions for all U.S. residents who aren’t otherwise prohibited (such as felons) from carrying firearms.

Idaho has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. Still, some lawmakers backed by the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance have been working to strip away the few remaining regulations in state law.

The bill passed The Idaho House of Representatives Thursday on a 56-14 vote. It now heads to the Senate.

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Heath Druzin was Boise State Public Radio’s Guns & America fellow from 2018-2020, during which he focused on extremist movements, suicide prevention and gun culture.