On March 25th, 2016, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) signed Senate Bill 1389, the permitless carry bill. SB 1389 passed by the Idaho Senate with a 27-8 vote and the Idaho House of Representatives with a 54-15 vote.
What does this really mean and how should it change the way you think about the law as a gun owner? It depends on what you plan to do going forward…does this affect the way you think about carrying a firearm or not. But even if you don’t, others will and it’s important to understand what this law means to everyone.
Idaho is now the eighth state with permitless/constitutional carry.
To help you better understand what this means to you, the gun owner, let me share with you how SB 1389 affects law-abiding gun owners. For the typical gun owner, there are three primary areas I would encourage you to understand so you are familiar with this new law…
- SB 1389 ensures that the existing and long-standing concealed weapon license (CWL) exemption applicable “outside the limits or confines of any city” only protects the rights of law-abiding individuals.
- SB 1389 exempts law-abiding Idahoans, who are twenty-one years of age or older, from having to obtain a CWL in order to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense within city limits.
- SB 1389 provides a mechanism for well-trained, law-abiding individuals who are eighteen years of age or older to obtain a CWL.
In a nutshell, this new law recognizes a law-abiding adult’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner he or she chooses.
As we all know, self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, law-abiding adults’ right to defend themselves in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and fees. This is where this new law comes into effect, to allow the law-abiding gun owner to protect themselves and their loved ones in situations, according to the law.
I encourage all citizens to become educated on the laws of self-defense and the use of deadly force. Carrying a firearm, whether open or concealed, brings with it heightened responsibility to abide by all applicable laws. When you decide to own, and especially carry, a firearm, you have made a decision to take on more responsibility. It’s like when you decide to have a child, you agree to take on more responsibility in your life, it’s the decision you make when you bring a child into the world.
Owning a gun and understanding how to safely use it, and how to use it within the laws of the city, state, and country you live in is one of those responsibilities. I hope you will take time to not only understand SB 1389 but all gun laws so you can act responsibly when you need to…within the law.