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House Bill 206 — Constitutional carry in cities

House Bill 206 — Constitutional carry in cities

Phil Haunschild
March 5, 2019

Bill description: HB 206 would expand permitless concealed carry to include areas within city limits.

Rating: +1

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

Under current law, an Idaho resident 21 years old or older can carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the state without a permit. A nonresident over the age of 21 or an Idaho resident between 18 and 21 years of age cannot carry a handgun within city limits without having a concealed carry permit.

HB 206 would provide consistency across the state for concealed carry laws by specifying that any person over the age of 18 can carry a concealed weapon throughout the state, whether inside city limits or outside. This would ensure that law-abiding citizens in the state have their constitutionally protected right to bear arms, regardless of whether they are within the one percent of land that is an incorporated city or in the 99 percent of the unincorporated land throughout the state.


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