Idaho: Support S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho Campuses


Charlotte, NC –-(  On Tuesday, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted to consider a bill that aims to achieve a Safer Environment for College and University Residents and Employees (S.E.C.U.R.E.) on Idaho campuses.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1254, introduced by Senator Curt McKenzie (R-13), will permit qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college or university campuses.  However, this legislation would give universities discretion to prohibit qualifying individuals from carrying within a student dormitory or residence hall and a public entertainment or sporting facility with a seating capacity of more than 1,000 persons.

In order for a retired law enforcement officer to obtain a license under 18-3302H, the applicant must: (1) have retired in good standing; (2) have been regularly employed as a peace officer for fifteen years or more; (3) have been provided the statutory powers of arrest before retirement; (4) completed training for a concealed carry license within the last twelve months; and (5) not be prohibited by federal or state law from possessing a firearm.

In order to obtain an “enhanced” concealed carry license under 18-3302K, applicants must: (1) be 21 years of age or older; (2) be a legal resident of Idaho for at least six consecutive months; (3) provide fingerprints and submit to a state and federal criminal and mental health background check; (4) complete a qualifying handgun course, including instruction on safe and responsible use of handguns, instruction on Idaho firearms law from a licensed member of the Idaho Bar, and live fire training of at least 98 rounds; and (5) not be prohibited by either federal or state law from possessing a firearm.

SB 1254 is an important step forward in protecting students and faculty on campus through lawful exercise of the Second Amendment.  Uniform laws, regulations and policies regarding firearms and weapons on state college and university campuses are necessary for public safety, and, as such, serve to advance a substantial public interest. The NRA encourages you to call, e-mail or utilize social media to show your support for S.E.C.U.R.E. Idaho campuses.  Contact information for your state legislators can be located here.  Ask your state Senator to support SB 1254 today!

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“Enhanced”: the latest synonym for “infringed”…Duh…

Grey Beard

Wow Bill, what State dropped us because of the “Enhanced” License? And where is this “3 year suspension of your license for pleading guilty to ‘any’ gun related charge?” I just read the entire 18-3302k section of Idaho Statues and it’s nowhere to be seen. You know, the the section passed in 2013 establishing the “new” license.

A you well know, or should, the requirements to obtain an Idaho Concealed Carry License are very minimal, thus many States do not recognize it due to the easily met training requirements. The Enhanced is expected to gain more reciprocity around the country.

Crotalus Maxximus

I agree with Bill. This Mental Check alone brings up the possibility that other states as well as Idaho might decide every gun owner, buyer and permit holder “MUST SUBMIT” to such an intrusion. LIKE HELL I WILL!

Bill Baker

As a resident of Idaho I feel that this law is a definite step in the wrong direction, and that the NRA-ILA is stabbing me in the back supporting it. We were sold last year on an additional license so other states would recognize our permit more, this has backfired, we gained a couple of states, but lost others that recognized our old one. This law makes it so that there are two concealed licenses in Idaho, and one is recognized some places and not in others, IN OUR OWN STATE. Would you like multi-tiered licensing in your state? How… Read more »