Safe Storage, Gun Lock Requirements & Laws

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Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements
Idaho Gun Laws
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Gun Suicide
Young People & Guns
Safe Storage/Gun Lock Requirements

  • Idaho does not require firearm owners to lock their weapons
  • Idaho also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm
  • Federal Law applies
  • For measure related to safe storage of firearms, see the Idaho Child Access Prevention section.

Source: GiffordsLawCenter

Idaho Gun Laws

  • Idaho has very weak gun laws… 
  • They don’t require a permit to carry concealed, loaded guns in public, jeopardizing public safety!
  • In 2017, Idaho had the 15th-highest gun death rate in the country
  • Supplied crime guns to other states at the 18th-highest rate
  • To help save lives, lawmakers could require background checks on all firearm purchases and enact an extreme risk protection order law to allow temporary removal of firearms from individuals in crisis.
  • Mental health record reporting to federal databases.
  • They do not require firearm owner licensing
  • Do not have bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • They don’t have handgun design safety standards 

Source: Idaho Gun Laws

Federal Law

  • It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
    • The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
    • The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
    • There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
    • January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
    • On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
    • Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
    • A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”

Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013):

Gun Suicide

  • 87%+ of gun death in Idaho are suicides and 61% of all suicide death in Idaho involve firearms.

  • 2013-2017, 1,056 people in Idaho died by gun related suicide. That’s 1 every 42 hours…

Young People & Guns

  • 2008-2017, 364 people underage 25 were killed in Idaho. 

  • Guns are the 2nd leading cause of death for Idaho children ages 1-17.

  • Exposure to gun violence can cause lasting trauma in young people, leading to PTSD, chronic stress, and decreased future earnings.

Sources: CDC WONDER, ATF Firearms Trace Data Report, Giffords

Idaho lacks many basic gun safety protections and has weakened its gun laws in recent years.

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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