Lesson 4: When is an Idaho CWL Not Required?

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Idaho Code 18-3302, sets out when you can and cannot carry a concealed weapon. For general purposes, if you are 18 years of age or older, a resident of Idaho or a member of the armed forces, and are not disqualified from obtaining a concealed weapons license, you can carry a concealed weapon without a license inside city limits and in unincorporated areas of the county. You become a resident of Idaho when your domicile (principal home) has been in Idaho for 90 continuous days. However, you can declare residency earlier if you register your vehicles in Idaho and your principal domicile is in Idaho. 

Handgun in Holster

Most adults 18 years and older in Idaho obtain their CWL to use traveling out of state as the law now doesn’t require a qualified Idaho resident to have a license to carry concealed.

Non-residents of Idaho are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon in Idaho unless they have a CWL from Idaho or any other state.

Idaho Code 18-3302C, prohibits the carrying of a concealed weapon with or without a CWL in a courthouse, juvenile detention facility or jail, or a public or private school except when the school board of trustees of the school district has authorized the person to carry concealed.

Idaho Code 18-3302J generally provides that the Idaho legislature regulates firearms in the state and that local jurisdictions can only establish laws restricting the discharge of firearms so that the carrying of firearms is uniform throughout Idaho.

Open Carry

Idaho is an “open carry” state which means you can carry a firearm, whether a handgun, rifle or shotgun in the open, except in areas prohibited by law such as court houses, schools and federal facilities.

Traveling in a vehicle, recreational vehicle or motorcycle with a concealed handgun whether loaded or unloaded, is not illegal if you are an Idaho resident and 18 years of age or older, and are not otherwise disqualified from obtaining a CWL. Handguns may also be legally carried openly by any person in a belt holster. It is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to possess any handgun. Idaho Code 18-3302F  Exceptions include when taking a hunter safety course, while hunting or engaged in organized competition. Idaho Code 18-3302G

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