The House has voted unanimously in favor of creating a new, enhanced concealed weapons permit in Idaho that would require a higher level of training than a regular permit. “Right now in the state of Idaho, we have one level of concealed weapons permits,” said Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, the bill’s sponsor. “It is the easier one to get. … Idaho kind of has a reputation for having a very simple way to get a concealed weapon.”
The bill, HB 192, would create an alternative permit that Idahoans could apply for that would require eight hours of class time and a minimum of 98 rounds of live fire training. “This is just getting people more well-trained to be able to handle weapons,” Palmer said. “This is supported by the NRA and the FOP, and I haven’t had any opposition to this bill. I’ve had lots of letters from people throughout the state, throughout other states that appreciate this.” Palmer said the stronger training requirements would allow the permits to be recognized by other states, “up to 40 states currently;” it would be optional for Idahoans, who could apply for the existing or the new, enhanced permit. To become law, the bill still needs Senate passage and the governor’s signature.