Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed SB 1389 into law in March, and on July 1, it officially became legal to carry concealed firearms without a permit in Idaho—but during at a July 1 rally on the Capitol Mall, Idaho Second Amendment Alliance President Greg Pruett said there's more work to be done.
Pruett told the crowd of 75-100 people the next step is lobbying lawmakers to remove the residency requirement from the permitless—or constitutional—carry law and strengthen Idaho's "castle doctrine," the law which defines homicide as justifiable if it is, among other things, "committed in defense of habitation or property."
"When someone breaks into your house, that should be the end of it for them," Pruett said. He went on to express disappointment at the years of work it took to enact the law and at the lack of credit given to ISAA for the rise of strong Second Amendment advocate candidates in the Republican Primary.
In his remarks to the crowd, U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) praised the group for securing legislation in four years and suggested not to turn against lawmakers for a single vote.
"I don't want you to leave disappointed because it took four years," Labrador said. "You need to judge politicians based on their body of work."
Pruett wasn't having it.
"For us, you're either all in or you're not," he said.