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Idaho Capitol Building
As of Friday, February 9, 2018
BOISE An Idaho Senate panel introduced a bill Friday that would expand permit-less concealed carry of guns to non-Idaho residents.
The bill would expand 2016 legislation that allowed Idaho residents 21 and older to concealed carry without a permit in city limits. Schools, jails and courthouses are exempt from the law.
Sen. Tony Potts, R-Idaho Falls, proposed the bill because he said out of state individuals concealed carrying when pulled over by the police.
“If you don’t have a permit for your state or the state of Idaho, that simple traffic violation turns into a weapons violation and it really can become a lot of headache for a law enforcement or that individual,” Potts told the Senate State Affairs Committee.
The bill must now clear a public hearing.
– Kyle Pfannenstiel covers the 2018 Idaho Legislature for the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research.