Idaho State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Idaho ranked 37th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, the Idaho legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

ID H 183 Clarifies that local governments may not regulate the carrying of concealed weapons.


Idaho does not:

Local governments in Idaho generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition.

In 2010 (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.