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Idaho Gun Control Laws

The heated national debate over gun control doesn’t show any signs of cooling down anytime soon. But folks on both sides can agree that safety is the most important thing. To that end, the Gem State has specific statutes in an effort to keep gun owners and the general public safe. Here are the basics of gun control laws in Idaho.

Gun Control Laws in Idaho

State gun control laws can restrict what kind of guns people can purchase and who can purchase them. While the Second Amendment permits most citizens to keep and bear arms, certain weapons and accessories are illegal under Idaho law. Prospective gun owners must be 18 to purchase and may not have a felony conviction on their record, but the state does not impose a waiting period for firearm purchases.

Idaho Gun Statutes

The chart below highlights Idaho’s gun control statutes.

Code Section

Idaho Statutes 18-3302, et seq.: Firearms, Explosives and Other Deadly Weapons

Illegal Arms

Destructive Device: any type of weapon which will expel a projectile by explosive or other propellant, the barrel of which has a bore of more than .700 inches in diameter, except rifled and unrifled shotguns.

Waiting Period


Who May Not Own

1. Convicted felon;

2. Person in penal institution;

3. Under 18 without consent or accompaniment of parent or guardian (except sawed-off gun/rifle or automatic weapon)

Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds


18-3302C, 18-3302D

Along with Idaho’s firearm statutes, federal gun laws also restrict the kinds of guns a person may legally own. As noted above, the Second Amendment allows gun ownership, but the government, both state and federal, can place some restrictions on the types of firearms people can own, how they can be purchased, and who may purchase them. And federal law is always superior to state laws where they overlap. Therefore, Idaho gun owners must also comply the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Firearms Act.

Related Resources for Gun Control Laws in Idaho

State and federal gun control laws can be complex. FindLaw’s section on Gun Law can provide you with further articles and information on this topic. If you would like legal help regarding a gun matter, you can consult with an Idaho attorney in your area. And if you have been injured by a firearm, you may have recourse against the manufacturer, distributor, or owner of the gun.

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