Idaho lawmaker: Boost training for concealed gun permit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho residents with concealed weapons permits could soon carry their guns in more states, after they get additional training.

Currently, most states don’t recognize Idaho concealed weapons permits, because they require little instruction.

Rep. Joe Palmer of Caldwell aims for Idaho to offer a new, voluntary enhanced permit that includes an eight-hour class with live fire training.

The Republican lawmaker says holders of one of these new, enhanced permits would likely be eligible to carry a concealed weapon in about three dozen states.

Idaho now has agreements with only 11 states.

Rep. Judy Boyle, a Midvale Republican, said last week she’s also hopeful an enhanced permit could convince Idaho school boards to allow people to carry in schools.

Palmer’s bill won introduction in the House State Affairs Committee Monday.

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