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.

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  • 15 thoughts on “Idaho: Important Self-Defense Law Now in Effect

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. 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 circumventing the obvious Rule of Law, whether he be a judge or practicing barrister. Like statistics, “law” can mean whatever you want it to mean when there is no absolute to govern the outcome. Somewhere along the “duty to retreat” was instituted by either one judge, one lawyer or twelve people (or a combination of all!) and ruled too restrictive to the “rights” of a criminal. Thus, a precedent is set and becomes a standard for future cases eventually enacted into law by other lawyers in a legislative body as if it were a natural restriction in cases of self-defense. Laws–by the way- constructed by people behind walls protected by armed guards who get to tell US what we can or cannot do to protect our lives.

    2. 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.

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