Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated October 7, 2011
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Idaho ranked 37th out of 50, having some of the weakest guns laws in the country.
Idaho does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License or significantly regulate firearms dealers;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Afford local law enforcement discretion in issuing concealed carry licenses;
- Require the licensing of gun owners; or
- Impose registration requirements on firearms.
Local governments in Idaho generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition.
In 2009 (the last year for which statistics are available), Idaho ranked 16th among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. 196 people died from firearm-related injuries in Idaho in that year. Additionally, according to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Idaho supplied the 18th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, and the state exports more than twice as many crime guns as it imports.
Idaho Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Idaho, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.