Your Second Amendment right to bear arms is important to you, and you may choose to protect yourself by carrying a firearm on your person in most public places. Generally, to carry a concealed weapon you need a concealed carry license. However, there are many circumstances in which you do not need a concealed carry license to carry a firearm. Read on to learn when you can and cannot carry a firearm in public.
Situations where you cannot carry a weapon
Even if you have a concealed carry license, there are certain places where you cannot have a firearm on your person. For example, you cannot carry a firearm in court, in a juvenile detention facility, while at a jail or on school grounds.
Also, you cannot carry a concealed weapon if you are drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Do you always need a concealed carry license to bear arms?
You do not need a concealed carry license to bear a lawfully owned shotgun or rifle. You can bear a rifle for hunting outside of city limits even if you do not have a concealed carry license.
You do not need a concealed carry license to be in possession of a firearm in plain view. You do not need a concealed carry license to have a firearm concealed in your car.
You do not need a concealed carry license to bear a firearm that is unloaded and is securely in a case. You do not need a concealed carry license if your firearm is disassembled or otherwise not readily operable.
Know your concealed carry rights
Ultimately, you can obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm if you are age 18 or above, are a U.S. citizen and are not disqualified from obtaining a concealed carry license under Idaho law. In addition, there are many circumstances in which you do not need a concealed carry license to have a weapon on your person.
If you are a law-abiding citizen who is facing weapons charges based on Idaho concealed carry laws, you will want to make sure you seek the help necessary to understand and protect your rights.