Idaho Governor Signs Constitutional Carry for 18 to 20 Year-Old Adults

Idaho Governor Brad Little Signs Constitutional Carry for 18-20-Year-Old Adults
Idaho Governor Brad Little Signs Constitutional Carry for 18-20-Year-Old Adults

Idaho -( On 2 April, 2019, Governor Brad Little signed H 206 into law.  The bill restores Constitutional Carry for adults aged 18-20 carrying concealed guns in the incorporated areas of the State of Idaho.

The bill, now law, becomes effective as of 1 July, 2019.

Idaho became a member of the Constitutional Carry club in 2016. Governor “Butch” Otter signed that law on March 26 of that year.

The new law is a small, incremental change that is mostly symbolic. Idaho has been a mostly Constitutional Carry state for most of the last 100 years.  There were restrictions that most people ignored most of the time. The purpose of the restrictions was more symbolic than functional.

The restrictions informed people that infringements on Second Amendment rights were permissible; they loudly said the Bill of Rights was subject to legislative approval.

As more infringements were called for and passed in more legislatures, the resistance by Second Amendment supporters grew and grew. They organized. They formed their own communications networks and their own media. They became a powerful force in most state legislatures.

While the national Second Amendment groups like the NRA and GOA and SAF help pass state legislation, it is state Second Amendment organizations that do the bulk of the work and hold the bulk of the power.

In Idaho, it is, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance. They were the group that pushed and organized and strategized and voted and lobbied for years to pass Constitutional Carry in 2016. They learned the intricacies of the legislative process  and personal political details they never wanted to know.

Their desire to restore their rights overrode their lack of interest in politics. In politics, it is the people who show up who decide what happens. Idaho Second Amendment Alliance members showed up and made things happen.

Most of what remains of Second Amendment infringements in Idaho are cleanup from the passage of Constitutional Carry in 2016.

Governor Little re-tweeted the NRA tweet to take some credit for signing H206 into law. The bill was massively popular, passing the House 53-14 (3 legislators excused and not voting) and the Senate 28-7.

There is no picture of Governor Little signing the bill, or if their is,  it has not been posted to the  Governor's web page at this time. The signing was done on 2 April.

A picture of Governor Little signing H206 into law would remind people he is fullfilling his pledge to be a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. From

As a lifetime member of the NRA, I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment in Idaho is a sacred trust guaranteed by our Constitution–a fundamental and irrevocable right. Not only are guns vital to our way of life, they are important to our economy.

Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website , Sep 1, 2017

HB 206 does not affect the existing shall issue concealed carry permit system.

Constitutional Carry is the state of firearms law when the Second Amendment, along with the entire Bill of Rights, was ratified in 1791. At that time, no permits were required for citizens to carry weapons openly or concealed.

About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 11 thoughts on “Idaho Governor Signs Constitutional Carry for 18 to 20 Year-Old Adults

    1. Gov Brad Little we need you in Texas. Governor Abbott has not had leadership ability to get Constitutional Carry passed in Texas. Speaker Bonnen just killed Constitutional Carry Bill in current session.

      Texas leadership is failing Texans.

    2. Yeah lets give 18 yo kids the right conceal carry, You know what solves gun problems? More Kids with guns. I own and maintain firearms and 100% am for any Responsible ADULT to have this right. Joining the Military is the one exception, because you get NCOs and Training to guide you every step of the way. But Alot of the dumbass kids i see running around here lately? No job. No education. Lazy as Sin, and dumber still. Last thing you need is an entitled little shit running around with a weapon because “Its cool”

      1. I agree. Just opening the door for more problems. If gun right extremist had it their way, they would hand out guns before you could get into a bar across America.

      2. I assume everyone is “running around with a weapon” no matter their age or gender. Of course I carried a gun a lot from the age of 13 when I got my first handgun. I spent a lot of time in the woods and going to and from there and started carrying my .22, then it was one of my dad’s 357s, and then it was my Super Blackhawk. And then I went and played with Uncle Sam’s Green Machine for three years and had to settle for drawing my M16 at least four days a week. A gun is just another tool or toy, depending.

      3. The 26th amendment enfranchises those 18 and older – not 21 and older. Over eighteen are no longer minors.

    3. Thank you Gov. Little. When you get together for the govenors convention in D.C. please talk to Oregun GOV brown and educate the dumb bitch.

    4. Texas allows 18-20 year olds to carry concealed if they pass the background, range and classroom qualifications AND are active members in the military. Otherwise, no CHL before age 21. I support this as a wise exercise of our freedoms. I have to say I am not in favor of carte blanche allowance to carry concealed for 18 year olds without a license evidencing some proof of knowledge of firearms and legal/ethical matters surrounding the carrying of a concealed weapon in public.

    5. Awesome! It’s nice to be in a state that recognizes the Constitution, with the Bill of Rights, of the United States of America as the law of the land! We’ll keep defending it here in Idaho.

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