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March 31, 2015 7:50 AM

Guest Opinion: Concealed carry rewrite bill in Idaho concerns Idaho Sheriffs’ Association

House Bill 301, which is before the Idaho Senate, was promoted as a rewrite of Idaho’s concealed weapon’s license law to make it more readable. However, some believe it is still cumbersome, and buried in its language is a major shift in policy regarding who is eligible for a concealed weapon license. Currently, 18-3302(1)(i) provides a disqualifier for anyone who “has had entry of a withheld judgment for a criminal offense which would disqualify him from obtaining a concealed weapon license.” This new bill, in contrast, at 18-3302(11)(m)(i) says expungement or a withheld judgment could not be held against a person.

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