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Idaho prohibits any person from possessing a firearm on the property of a private or public elementary or secondary school or in those portions of any building, stadium or other structure on school grounds which, at the time of the violation, were being used for an activity sponsored by or through a school, or while riding school provided transportation.1

Exceptions to this prohibition include: 1) a person who lawfully possesses a firearm as part of a program, event, activity or other circumstance approved by the school board of trustees or governing board; 2) any adult not enrolled in a public or private elementary or secondary school who has lawful possession of a firearm secured and locked in his or her vehicle; 3) a person who lawfully possesses a firearm in a private vehicle while delivering minor children, students or school employees to and from school or a school activity;2 and 4) any person who is authorized by a person, board or other entity having authority over the building or facility to carry a concealed weapon.3

In addition, the board of trustees shall expel for a period of not less than one year, or may deny enrollment to, a student who possessed a firearm on school property. The board may modify the expulsion or denial of enrollment order on a case-by-case basis.4

Idaho authorizes the Board of Regents of the University of Idaho, the boards of trustees of the state colleges and universities, the board of professional-technical education and the boards of trustees of community colleges to prescribe rules and regulations relating to firearms, although this authority does not extend to concealed carry permit holders.5 College and university authorities may not regulate or prohibit the otherwise lawful possession, carrying or transporting of firearms or ammunition by concealed carry permit holders.6 However, permit holders generally may not carry a concealed weapon within a student dormitory or residence hall, or within the building of a “public entertainment facility” owned by a college or university (theaters, auditoriums, sports arenas, etc., with a seating capacity of at least 1,000) provided that proper signage is conspicuously posted at each public entrance to the facility notifying attendees of any restriction on the possession of firearms in the facility during the game or event.7


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  1. Idaho Code Ann. §§ 18-3302D(1)(a), (b), 18-3302C;  see also Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302D(1)(a).[]
  2. See Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302D(4).[]
  3. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3302C.[]
  4. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-205.[]
  5. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3309(1), (2).[]
  6. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3309(2).[]
  7. Idaho Code Ann. § 18-3309(2). These location restrictions are subject to limited exceptions, including that they do not apply to a person who possesses a firearm in a private vehicle while delivering students, employees or other persons to and from a university, college or public entertainment facility. Id.[]