Idaho Lowers Concealed Carry Age to 18 Statewide

In this April 30, 2016 photograph, a spent round is ejected through gun smoke from a participant's cautomatic handgun during the live fire portion of a enhanced concealed carry class sponsored by Crestview Baptist Church for members and area residents in Petal, Miss. The 20 participants received hands on assistance …
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Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed legislation Tuesday that lowers the concealed carry age to 18 statewide.

On March 27, Breitbart News reported that Idaho and Kansas were both considering legislation to lower their minimum age for concealed carry from 21 to 18. The law in Idaho allowed 18-year-olds to carry concealed firearms outside of city limits, but the legislation Little signed removed the prohibition against the exercise of their right to bear arms in cities.

The Associated Press reported that proponents of dropping the age argued that the laws in the state were not consistent because 18-year-olds could carry in rural areas for self-defense but not in cities.

Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) signed legislation allowing guns to be carried on campus for self-defense beginning July 1, 2014. On March  26, 2016, Otter signed legislation eliminating the state’s requirement to obtain a permit for concealed carry.

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