See our Firearm Prohibitions policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Federal law establishes a baseline national standard regarding individuals’ eligibility to acquire and possess firearms. Under federal law, people are generally prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms if they have been convicted of a felony or some domestic violence misdemeanors, or if they are subject to certain court orders related to domestic violence or a serious mental condition. However, federal law merely provides a floor, and has notable gaps that allow individuals who have demonstrated significant risk factors for violence or self-harm to legally acquire and possess guns.
Idaho’s state law firearm restrictions are narrower. Idaho law generally prohibits any person who has been convicted of a felony from purchasing, owning, possessing or having under his or her custody or control any firearm.1 A person under age 18 also generally cannot possess a firearm.2
- Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3316(1).
- Idaho Code Ann. §§ 18-3302E(1), 18-3302F(1).