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Idaho lacks many basic gun safety protections and has weakened its gun laws in recent years. State lawmakers must take immediate action to reverse this deadly trend.

In 2020, Idaho had the 16th-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 16th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, lawmakers could require background checks on all firearm purchases and enact an extreme risk protection order law to allow the temporary removal of firearms from individuals in crisis.

What Idaho Does Well

  • Mental health record reporting

What Idaho Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.