An estimated 406,000 Idaho residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, Idaho reported 7 intimate partner murders in 2019. Firearms were used in 57% of all intimate partner related murders from 2009-2015. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Idaho does not prohibit purchase or possession of firearms and ammunition by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence or persons subject to ex parte or final domestic violence protection orders. Idaho does not require removal of firearms or ammunition from persons subject to ex parte or final domestic violence protection orders; however, a court issuing an ex parte or final domestic violence protection order may order other relief as the court deems necessary for the protection of a family or household member.