This information (which is not legal advice) was presented at tonights Idaho Carry Dinner, June 27, 2013:
There were a total of 6 legislative bills put to the 2013 Idaho Legislative Session, and one Citizen's Petition.
Of the 6 legislative bills put forward, 4 of them became law, and it is only those 4 laws which I am here to provide simple insight on tonight because these 4 laws go into affect this coming Monday, July 1st, 2013.
I'm certain Idaho Carry*will revisit at a future Dinner those*2 bills which did not become law and of the Citizen's Petition which outright denied even a simple hearing.
First up is House Bill #258.*Amends existing law relating to licenses to carry concealed weapons to require the sheriff to provide the applicant with a copy of the results of the applicant's records check upon request of the applicant under certain conditions.
This new law can be found in Idaho Code*§18-3302(1)(n), which is Title 18, Chapter 33, Section 3302, subsection (1), sub-subsection (n), and reads:
In the event the sheriff has collected a fee to cover the cost of processing fingerprints for the* records check, the sheriff shall provide the applicant with a copy of the results of the records check upon request of the applicant.
Summary: If you want a copy of your records check, you'll need to request such in writing. Consult with your local Sheriff Office on how you may obtain your records check.
Next up is House Bill #223, which amends Idaho Code to define what a "concealed weapon" is.
This bill amends Idaho Code §18-3302(7) and reads:
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any lawfully possessed shotgun or rifle, (with the following added)*any knife, cleaver or other instrument primarily used in the processing, preparation or eating of food, any knife with a blade four (4) inches or less or any lawfully possessed taser, stun gun or pepper spray.
Next up is House Bill #183, which repeals a sentence found in Idaho Code §50-308.* Code that was noted on Idaho Carry's Facebook page a year ago on June 25, 2012, by Idaho Carry member Truman Lakey.** Tony Snesko and I researched this law and found out it is code that is 120 years-old having been passed in 1893. Wow!
An unnamed Idaho Carry member individually*brought this quite-antiquated code to the attention of their House and Senate Representatives, even writing the repeal law. Yet, their Representatives chose to have other Representatives sponsor the repeal of this code:
Cities shall have the power to ... regulate, prohibit, and punish for the carry of concealed weapons.
Presently, there are 5 known cities (Parma, Homedale, Coeur d'Alene, & Twin Falls being among them) which ban concealed weapons in certain circumstances or require the police to confiscate concealed weapons when they are seen (40 year-old laws), even if the person has a concealed weapons license.* Caldwell was once such city, but after I brought this 50 year-old outdated code to their Chief of Police Goodall's attention this past July, 2012, the Caldwell City Council changed their city ordinance 5 days later (if only gov't would work so fast!). I consider Caldwell's "firearm" ordinance the model all other Idaho cities should adopt.
Representative Judy Boyle noted that the Idaho Legislature may be sending out letters to all cities that they must update their city ordinances to be in concert with current Idaho State Code.* There was no mention of any penalty if a city failed to do such.
Finally, we have House Bill #192, the Enhanced Concealed Weapons License.
This bill adds a new area, not*section, but area, as Idaho Code §18-3302K
The Enhanced Concealed Weapons License (ECWL) requires additional training as follows:
- a total of 8 hours
- 4 hours is in-person, face-to-face "lecture/instruction";
- 1.5 to 2 hours of this needs to be conducted by an Idaho State Bar lawyer or Police Officer achieving intermediate POST training
- 4 hours of "live-fire" training with a minimum of 98 rounds (how they came up with that number …?!)
The purpose of the ECWL is to increase firearm training requirements to then enable the expansion of acceptance of Idaho's new ECWL to establish new Conceal Carry Reciprocity Agreements Idaho has with 25 states to upward of 40 or more states, including Washington and Nevada. Sadly, Oregon is, well, being liberally stingy.
Terry Silsby did note at tonight's meeting that House Bill #223, which expands what is *NOT* a concealed weapon, including knifes 4 inches or shorter, which is a "concealed weapon" in other states, may hinder new states from establishing Reciprocity with Idaho.
NOTE: It may be weeks or months before we truly find out from our Attorney General's office what, if any, states have been added with new reciprocity agreements.
Life is Precious.
Excellent. It sounds good. So is the ECWL a different thing then the current CWL that one can obtain? Or does it replace the current CWL entirely?