State Law Background
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 2014, Idaho had the 18th highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. 212 Idahoans died from firearm-related injuries 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.