The Idaho Attorney General’s office says other states’ responses to Idaho’s newly enhanced concealed weapons permit have been mixed.
Last year only 11 states honored Idaho’s concealed weapons permits within their own borders because of the minimal training standards required of Idaho permit holders. In an effort to convince more states to grant reciprocity, lawmakers earlier this year created an enhanced version of the permit and asked Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to reach out to every state to see which would extend reciprocity.
The Post Register (http://bit.ly/13Dtq5o) reports that of the 27 states to respond so far, 17 recognize both Idaho’s basic and enhanced concealed weapons permits. Eight states recognize neither version, and two states — Wyoming and South Carolina — will honor only the enhanced permit.
Idaho still is waiting to hear from the other 23 states.
Rep. Joe Palmer, a Republican from Meridian, introduced the legislation creating the enhanced permit. At the time, he said he hoped at least 40 states would recognize the enhanced permit.
The enhanced permit is voluntary and Idaho’s original permit remains available. Both cost $75 in Bingham and Bonneville counties, but gun owners who want the enhanced permit have to undergo increased training and spend more time on the shooting range to qualify.
The new permits became available on July 1, and Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said his county had processed 10 enhanced permits as of July 18. That compares to 265 basic permits processed by the county in January, 163 in April and 93 in June.
He expects the number of enhanced permits to grow over time.
“What you’re going to see is you have a lot of concealed weapons permits that are out there now, but there isn’t a huge benefit for changing currently,” Wilde said. “People pay for a basic weapons permit, and that is good for five years. I think when you renew, you’ll see more and more people jump up to an enhanced permit.”
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