In the wake of the "Worst Massacre in U.S. History," there is a lot of discussion surrounding gun control and mental health. Here's what you need to know about the laws and resources in Idaho. 

I'm not here to take a stance on guns or mental health care in this country, but I think it's important that we understand living here in the Treasure Valley what is legal when it comes to guns and the resources that are here if you or someone you love is dealing with a mental illness.

  • There is no permit required for the purchase or possession of a handgun, rifle, or shotgun.
  • A license is required to carry a concealed weapon.
  • Concealed weapon licenses can be obtained from the county sheriff for $20.
  • A concealed weapons license is good for 5 years .
  • You can carry a firearm loaded or unloaded in your vehicle within city limits as long as it is in clear view without a concealed weapons permit.
  • With a concealed weapons permit the gun must be unloaded or disassembled.
  • You can not carry a concealed weapon in the state if you are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  • People under the age of 18 are not allowed to possess any weapons

The other issue at hand is mental health care and here are some resource you can reach out to here in the state of Idaho. If you or someone you love is struggling with any mental issue please check your "mental health benefits" on your insurance. I was surprised to discover that even with my high deductible plan, mental health care is only $35/ per visit with unlimited coverage. Your insurance may not be the same, but don't just assume that a trip to the psychologist is going to be costly.

A mental health crisis center is also headed to Boise and one is already in place in Idaho Falls.