State Laws

Idaho Gun Laws


Idaho gun laws are specific on who is allowed to own a gun and whether or not you need a permit. These laws cover every one from adults to minors. The following are the gun laws as stated in the Idaho statutes:

Basic Gun Laws:

  1. It is not necessary to register or to purchase a permit for shotguns or rifles.
  2. It is necessary to register and to purchase permit for a handgun whether it is concealed or not.
  3. NCIS and/or FBI check of criminal record is required if purchasing a handgun.
  4. Individuals permitted to carry handguns must carry permit at all times the individual is carrying the handgun.
  5. It is illegal to possess firearms of any kind will on a school campus, building, stadium or any structure within any school property. This law applies to anyone including adults and minors of any age.
  6. It is illegal to possess firearms on a school bus.
  7. It is illegal to possess firearms at any school sponsored event regardless of location.
  8. It is illegal to possess firearms at courthouse, juvenile facilities, jail, and/or any private or public school or university.
  9. Gun permits are available for purchase and/or application at any county sheriff's office. However, specific laws apply to become approved for these permits. Those who may not apply for these permits include:
    1. Any individual who is charged with a crime for which the punishment exceeds a one year conviction.
    2. Any individual who is a fugitive of justice.
    3. Any individual with a previous felony conviction.
    4. Any individual who unlawfully uses marijuana, depressents and/or stimulants, alcohol, or any other narcotic or control sustances.
    5. Any individual who is mentally ill, gravely ill, or lacking mental capacity.
    6. Any individual who is an illegal alien living in the United States or United States citizen who has renounced their citizenship.
    7. Any individual subject to criminal judgement, pending trial, and otherwise prohibited to carry a handgun.
    8. Any individual subject to a protection order due to harassing and/or stalking another individual(s).
    9. Any individual charged with violent crimes including misdemeanors.
Gun Laws Regarding Minors:
  1. It is illegal to sell guns to persons under the age of 18.
  2. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess a shotgun or rifle unless the following circumstances apply:
    1. Minor is at least 12 and is hunting with written consent of parent(s).
    2. Minor is at least 12 and is accompanied by parent(s) or an adult who has written consent of parent(s).
    3. The gun in question is a shotgun or rifle that is not sawed off.
  3. It is illegal for a minor under the age of 18 to possess a handgun under any circumstances.
  4. Minors are allowed to use guns under these circumstances:
    1. The gun is chained, strapped, or otherwise affixed to a counter at a target concession and/or game at an amusement park and/or fair.
    2. The gun is used during hunting and/or firearms safety class.
    3. The minor is hunting with a valid license.
    4. The gun is used on real property with the owners and parental consent.

      See also:
      Idaho Felony
      Idaho Divorce
      Idaho Bankruptcy Laws
      Idaho Misdemeanor External link (opens in new window)
      Idaho Expungement External link (opens in new window)
      Idaho Lemon Law External link (opens in new window)