Idaho Auto Firearms Transportation

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Transportation Without an Idaho Carry and Concealed Weapons License

You may transport your firearm in Idaho with or without an Idaho Carry and Concealed Weapons License (or a license from another state).

Without A License

When transporting without a license, the firearm may, or may not be loaded.

The firearm must be in plain sight and clearly identifiable as a firearm


it cannot be on your person or in the glove compartment nor any other area of the car where it cannot be seen immediately by law enforcement.

Exception: A firearm may be placed in the glove compartment or other area of the vehicle but it must be unloaded and disassembled to comply with Idaho state laws.

With a License

You may transport a firearm in your vehicle, loaded or unloaded, on your person or in a glove compartment or other area of the car; you are afforded the same rights as if you are carrying in a public location.

Duty to Inform

Idaho does not have a duty to inform law during a traffic stop.

Level 1 Firearms Safety and Training suggests presenting both your drivers license and your Idaho CCW license during a traffic stop, without fanfare or any other production. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and follow the officers instructions. Most Idaho law enforcement officers appreciate you calmly, quietly, and discretely presenting your license without a verbal announcement. The reason for presenting the license rather than announcing you have a gun in the car is to avoid a new, rookie officer from becoming overly excited. Traffic stops are very dangerous for law enforcement officers, they have no idea who you are, your state of mind, or what you are capable of doing. By remaining calm with hands in plain sight, the officer will note your body lanquage and demeanor as calm, in control, cooperative, and respectful of his safety concerns.

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Vehicle Firearms Safe

We suggest the purchase and permanent installation of an automobile safe designed for the transportation of firearms and ammunition. Automobile safes secure your firearm in the event you must leave it in your vehicle, such as when attending a school event, picking someone up at the airport, or stopping by the local sheriff office to fill out a report.  Additionally, if you travel between friendly and not so friendly states in terms of personal firearms, you can secure the firearm in accordance with that states requirements.

During a Firearms Class

Most firearms instructors prefer students to check in their firearms and to keep ammunition in  their vehicle while attending classroom instruction. The reasoning is to assess the students mental and emotional stability before allowing them to handle a firearm around others. When the time comes for dry-fire exercises, students may be asked to bring their firearms in the classroom or will have their firearms returned to them without any live ammunition being present.

There is a risk an unsecured firearm left in a vehicle could be stolen during classroom instruction. If you do not have an automobile safe, this is a great time and reason to invest in one. If you do not have one by the time the firearms class occurs, place your firearm, unloaded, in the case in which it was purchased with the ammunition located in a separate secure location, such as the trunk or the glove compartment. Lock the case and inform the firearms instructor you would like to check your firearm in so it is not left unattended in the automobile.
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