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New bill would create new class of concealed weapon permits

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho residents with concealed weapons permits could soon carry their guns in more states, under a plan to allow them to get additional training. Currently, most states don't recognize Idaho concealed weapons permits, because they require little instruction. Rep. Joe Palmer of Caldwell aims for Idaho to offer a new, voluntary enhanced permit that includes an eight-hour class with live fire training. The Republican lawmaker says holders of one of these new permits would likely be eligible to carry a concealed weapon in about three dozen states. Rep. Judy Boyle, a Midvale Republican, said last week she's also hopeful an enhanced permit like Palmer proposes could convince Idaho school boards to allow people to carry concealed weapons in schools. Palmer's bill won introduction in the House State Affairs Committee Monday.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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