Idaho: Important Self-Defense Law Now in Effect

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Idaho: Important Self-Defense Law Now in Effect

Fairfax, VA – -( On July 1st 2018, Idaho Senate Bill 1313 went into effect. This important piece of legislation, which improved the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves in Idaho, was passed by the legislature earlier this year and became law in March.

Your NRA thanks Senator Todd Lakey and the Idaho Legislature for strengthening Idaho’s self-protection laws.

Senate Bill 1313, sponsored by Senator Todd Lakey (R-12), consolidated and codified existing law to clearly protect the inherent right of a person to defend themselves.

This legislation clarifies that in the exercise of self-defense, a law-abiding citizen may stand their ground and protect themselves or their family anywhere they have a legal right to be.

SB 1313 also protects the right of a person to defend themselves against intruders who enter the defender’s home or business unlawfully or by force, without the defender having to demonstrate that he reasonably feared that the intruder was about to cause death or great bodily harm.  The unlawful or forceful entry is now enough to establish a legal presumption that the defender’s fear of serious injury was reasonable—and, therefore, that the defense against the criminal was reasonable as well.

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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ken taylor

this was way past due….

marc berger

It’s called the castle doctrine..we have it in PA

H. Spires

The antifas just crossed off Idaho as a go to state.


Let’s hope this grows like a wave all across the U.S. It is reasonable and forthright. Criminals take notice, maybe a change in vocation would be healthier for you. Nationwide would be the best along with nationwide carry.

American Patriot

Just plain common sense gun laws!

Wayne Hayes

That’s what I call justice


It should be mandatory that every home owner have a gun for protection in every state.
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What is the origin of the “duty to retreat”? Where and when and from whom did that arise?


Under English Common law, there was indeed a duty to retreat, rather than use deadly force. Henry VIII changed the law in 1532, clarifying that killing another person in one’s home, or on public roads, while defending yourself from murder, robbery, or burglary, was now lawful.


Let me take a guess: A Progressive protecting the civil rights of a criminal? Am I close? If a burglar falls through a ceiling of a place they are attempting to rob and he is granted “cause” to sue the owner who wasn’t there for injury, then you might have a Progressive judge. We’ve all heard of these cases. Is it too much to assume with jurists like this around, “duty to retreat” is a way of limiting the respondent in an anti-2nd fervor? Where/when did this concept start? The simplest response is a lawyer, plain and simple, trained in… Read more »

chris ladd

This should be law everywhere

Wayne E Hayes

My exact thoughts amen buddy


thats the way it needs to be. in wa state you sta
stand and let the dirtbags kill you so say the lib do gooders never vote dem.


– but WA State law says otherwise, no matter what the “lib do good eras” say.


GREAT News for Idaho ! Home Owners and Land Owners should never have to fear defending themselves in their homes or on their land. We have enjoyed this Law for many years in NC. Lets hope ALL of America will follow.