CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
FIREARMS, EXPLOSIVES AND OTHER DEADLY WEAPONS
18-3302H. Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers. (1) A county sheriff shall issue a license to carry a concealed firearm to a qualified retired law enforcement officer provided that the provisions of this section are met.
(2) As used in this section:
(a) "Firearm" means a handgun and does not include:
(i) Any machine gun, as defined in 26 U.S.C. section 5845(b);
(ii) Any firearm silencer, as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 921; or
(iii) Any destructive device, as defined in 18 U.S.C. section 921.
(b) "Qualified retired law enforcement officer" means an individual who:
(i) Retired in good standing from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer, provided that such retirement was for reasons other than mental instability;
(ii) Before such retirement, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest;
(iii) Before such retirement, was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of ten (10) years or more, or retired from service with such agency after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by such agency;
(iv) Has a nonforfeitable right to benefits under the retirement plan of the agency;
(v) During the most recent twelve (12) month period has met, at his own expense, the standards for training and qualification of this state, as required at the discretion of the sheriff under paragraph (d) of this subsection or the agency from which he retired for active law enforcement officers, to carry a concealed firearm;
(vi) Is not chronically under the influence of alcohol, or under the influence of another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance in violation of any provision of federal or state law;
(vii) Is not prohibited by federal law from receiving a firearm;
(viii) Has a current and valid photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual retired from service as a law enforcement officer;
(ix) Provides by his affidavit, in triplicate, sworn and signed by him under penalty of perjury, that he meets all of the conditions set forth in this subsection (2);
(x) Pays the fees charged by the sheriff pursuant to this section; and
(xi) Completes the original application or renewal application as provided by this section.
(c) "Retired in good standing" means that at the time of his retirement, he was not under investigation, or subject to discipline, for any violation of this state’s law enforcement code of conduct.
(d) "Standards for training and qualification in this state" means that when issuing a license pursuant to this section, the sheriff may require the applicant to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm by any of the following methods, provided the sheriff may require an applicant to complete more than one (1) firearms safety or training course:
(i) Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the department of fish and game or a similar agency of another state;
(ii) Completion of any national rifle association firearms safety or training course, or any national rifle association hunter education course;
(iii) Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, university, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the national rifle association or the Idaho state police;
(iv) Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement agency or security enforcement agency;
(v) Presentation of evidence of equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competitions or military service;
(vi) Completion of any firearms training or training or safety course or class conducted by a state certified or national rifle association certified firearms instructor; or
(vii) Any other firearms safety training that the sheriff may deem appropriate.
(3) The original and renewal license applications under this section shall be in triplicate, in a form to be prescribed by the director of the Idaho state police, and shall ask the name, address, description and signature of the licensee, date of birth, social security number, military status, identification of the law enforcement agency from which the applicant retired, and the driver’s license number or state identification card number of the licensee if used for identification in applying for the license. The application shall indicate that provision of the social security number is optional. In implementing the provisions of this section, the sheriff shall make applications readily available at the office of the sheriff or at other public offices in his jurisdiction.
(4) The fee for original issuance of a license under this section shall be twenty dollars ($20.00), paid to the sheriff. The sheriff may also collect any additional fees necessary to cover the cost of processing and the cost of materials for the license, which shall also be paid to the sheriff.
(5) An original or renewed license issued pursuant to this section shall be in a form substantially similar to that of the Idaho driver’s license and shall be valid for a period of one (1) year. The license shall bear the signature, name, address, date of birth, picture of the licensee, expiration date, and the driver’s license number or state identification card number of the licensee if used for identification in applying for the license, and shall state that the licensee is a qualified retired law enforcement officer. Upon issuing a license under the provisions of this section, the sheriff shall notify the Idaho state police on a form or in a manner prescribed by the director of the Idaho state police.
(6) A qualified retired law enforcement licensee under this section may renew his license if he applies for renewal at any time before or within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the license. The sheriff shall require the licensee applying for renewal to complete a renewal application pursuant to subsection (3) of this section and an affidavit pursuant to subsection (2) of this section. A renewed license shall take effect upon the expiration date of the prior license.
(7) The fee for renewal of the license, which must be paid on a yearly basis, shall be twelve dollars ($12.00), paid to the sheriff. The sheriff may also collect any additional fees necessary to cover the processing costs and the cost of materials for the license, which shall also be paid to the sheriff. A licensee renewing after the expiration date of the license shall pay a late renewal penalty of ten dollars ($10.00) in addition to the renewal fee. The renewal penalty fee, if any, shall be paid to the sheriff.
(8) A current and valid photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual retired from service as a law enforcement officer, together with a license issued by the sheriff pursuant to this section, shall serve as a license to carry a firearm for a qualified retired law enforcement officer under 18 U.S.C. section 926C.
(9) The sheriff of the county where the license was issued or the sheriff of the county where the person resides shall have the power to revoke a license issued under this section pursuant to the provisions of section 18-3302(22), Idaho Code.
(10) A county sheriff, deputy sheriff, or county employee who issues a license to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to this section shall not incur any civil or criminal liability as the result of the performance of his duties under this section.
(11) A city, county or other political subdivision of this state shall not modify the requirements of this section, nor shall a political subdivision ask the applicant to voluntarily submit any information not required by this section.
(12) A civil action may be brought to enjoin a wrongful refusal to issue a license or a wrongful modification of the requirements of this section. The civil action shall be brought in the county in which the application was made.
(13) In lieu of or in addition to qualification to carry a concealed firearm under this section, a retired law enforcement officer may apply for a license to carry concealed weapons under section 18-3302, Idaho Code.
(14) Information relating to an applicant or licensee received or maintained pursuant to this section by the sheriff or Idaho state police is confidential and exempt from disclosure under section 74-102, Idaho Code.
[18-3302H, added 2005, ch. 128, sec. 1, p. 412; am. 2009, ch. 202, sec. 1, p. 650; am. 2015, ch. 141, sec. 17, p. 396; am. 2019, ch. 80, sec. 1, p. 185.]