Overview of the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry classes

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The Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry class is one of the country’s strongest and most respected concealed carry licenses. Because of its strength, the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry classes recognition and trained. It is honored in 37 states nationwide.

A significant amount of responsibility is instilled in the citizens of the United States when carrying a handgun. Concealed Carry Permit Holders are expected to answer to a higher standard. Concealed Carry holders must understand and obey federal, state, and local laws in their home state of Idaho and when traveling.

Formal Training Requirements

The importance of attending in-person Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry classes cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Some states accept online website training, basic pistol safety classes, state-endorsed courses, and many other options.

At the time of this publication, 25 states allow constitutional carry without formal training. This means your neighbor, the person on the street, or anyone you encounter can potentially possess a concealed firearm.

Constitutional states allow any individual to carry without any training at all. Regarding traveling in these other states, you have no idea if concealed carry citizens have been adequately trained to use firearms. Properly trained does not mean the person knows how to use a gun. The proper time to use a pistol is known to someone with the necessary expertise.

To ensure your safety and protect those you love. You should sign up for an accredited Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry class to learn when you can and cannot use a firearm.


With the recent ruling from the supreme court, more states are likely to accept the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry classes training. Get yours today!

Based on the level of training we provide, here are all the states you can apply for their concealed carry licenses:

  • Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons License (Idaho IECCW)
  • Idaho Standard Concealed Carry Weapons License (Idaho CCW)
  • Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) – No Additional Training Required.
  • Oregon License to Carry Handgun (LTC) – No Additional Training Required. Students need to apply in person at an Oregon Sheriff’s office.
  • Utah Concealed Firearm Permit – Unnecessary – You do not gain additional states.
  • Washington Concealed Pistol License – No Additional Training Required – Included in Idaho Enhanced License)
  • Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry classes
Idaho Enhanced Conceal Carry Reciprocity Map

States you can carry with the resident* Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons License

Note: Oregon allows residents of Idaho to apply for a non-resident Oregon Concealed Carry Permit – no additional training is required.

Note: Utah and Arizona Licenses do not add additional states.

*Non-resident restrictions apply to some states.

Class Curriculum for the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Permit

The requirements for applying for the standard Idaho Concealed Carry Weapons License (CCW) are fairly easy to attain. A quick pistol safety class, a trip to the local sheriff’s office, and a few dollars will buy you a standard permit (provided you pass a background check).

The instructors’ primary responsibility is to prepare lesson plans and submit them to their local sheriff’s office for approval. The lesson plan must meet or exceed Idaho state minimums.

Below are some topics we teach at Level 1 Firearms Training LLC. Any conceal carry instructor should teach to ensure you receive a well-rounded education.

Class Curucuilimn for the Enhanced Licence

Idaho and the Law

Are you Capable of using Deadly Force?

The use of deadly force is not a subject that can be undertaken lightly. The use of deadly force is a serious subject matter that must be considered the moment someone decides to carry a concealed weapon.

Citizens must ask themselves if they are capable of taking another human being’s life. It’s a question that cannot be asked lightheartedly. The taking of another person’s life changes you forever. Right, wrong, justified, or not; it’s a decision you will have to live with your entire life. (See our training calendar for times and locations near you.)

The Levels of Mental Awareness

Introduction to the four levels of awareness and how to use them in your daily routine.

The third level within the four levels of awareness is known as being “alert” or condition orange. When in the alert stage, you have identified a person or persons as being a possible threat to you or others. The shift from simply being aware to being alerted has changed the dynamics of the environment.

Something has occurred to place you into the alert stage, but you must answer first and foremost if the threat or threats are even real in the first place. We all have a tendency to judge a book by its cover. Are we assessing someone or other people as a threat simply because of the way their hair looks and the clothing they are wearing? Do they have massive amounts of bodywork done and you subconsciously attach them to a dangerous group of motorcyclists? Criminals come in all stages of life, from rich to poor, to being stable or an addict. Be sure your judgment is in check while you assess the situation.

It is essential when entering the alert stage that you have already established an action plan beforehand. An action plan dictates what you will do if the identified is truly a threat. Will you walk away? Turn around? Cross the street? Enter a building?

Equally important is a backup or contingency plan should plan “A” not work out the way you envisioned. Having a plan “B” and even a plan “C” allows you to act, rather than react. The ability to act is far superior when encountering a potential threat.

As with any plan, the use of deadly force should be your last plan of action. Remember, most homicides are not as cut and dry as you may perceive. Taking another person’s life even in self-defense is a homicide, plain and simple. It’s just a matter of determining which level of homicide it rises to. If you can avoid the question of homicide completely you have already won.

Reactions to an Attack


One of the options you may have is to leave the area before an attack occurs or during an opportune time when the attack is taking place. There is no shame in removing yourself from a dangerous situation. At Level 1 Firearms Training LLC we call this a “tactical retreat” that should be utilized whenever it is safe to leave the scene and remove yourself from the situation without getting hurt.

Once you have fled, it is important to remain vigilant. Getting as far away as possible, finding suitable cover, an appropriate hiding place, and contacting the authorities as soon as possible is important. If you have escaped and are armed with a firearm, assess the situation to make an informed decision if you should arm yourself for a better defense position. When on with the authorities, describe what occurred, a complete description of the attacker, where you are located, and be sure to inform them you are armed. Describe yourself, and any family members who may be with you, and ask the authorities how they would like you to do while waiting for their arrival. Whenever possible, always remain on the phone until the authorities arrive and follow their instructions to avoid you becoming an innocent victim.

Physical Responses to an Attack


You will experience two physical relations: Adrenaline Rush and the Loss of Fine Motor Skills.

Adrenaline Rush

An Adrenaline Rush occurs as you prepare to defend yourself against an attack. More precisely, the body releases high volumes of adrenaline at an accelerated rate for absorption into the bloodstream. Your body will begin to react with increased heart rate, respiration, pupil dilatation, and muscles will begin to tense up in anticipation of a fight. Your muscles tense up, and uncontrollable body tremors occur.

You have probably experienced an adrenaline rush in the past. A frightening movie scene, a loud noise, or a near brush with a dangerous accident are all examples that can cause fear..

Loss of Fine Motor Skills

Your fine motor skills determine your ability to accomplish everyday routine tasks easily.. Manipulating a firearm becomes much more difficult. Simple tasks become cumbersome. Releasing the safety, pulling the hammer, changing magazines, or even unholstering. To counter the loss of fine motor skills, seeking additional training, advanced drills, exercises, and repetitive actions will go a long way.

Changes in Perception during an Attack

Tunnel Vision

When under attack, your body tends to focus on the immediate threat, blocking all other vision views. In medical terms, this is referred to as Peripheral Vision Loss (PVL); a loss of peripheral sight or side vision. In the firearms world, this is referred to as tunnel vision.

The by-product of tunnel vision is the inability to see potential threats that may be located just to the right or left of the threat. To combat tunnel vision, it is essential to scan and assess the surrounding areas for any additional threats.

Auditory Exclusion

Auditory exclusion affects your hearing. The ability to hear sounds may become muffled, muted, or suppressed. You’re only focused on the attacker, not the sounds around you.

As with the military, police officers, and even yourself, you should train to shout your commands loud and clear.

Police officers have been trained to shout out their commands. Why? They have been trained to understand the effects auditory exclusion has on people.

If a police officer shouts a command, you should acknowledge it, and repeat it to them. This ensures you understand the command and comply with the officer’s orders.

Time Dilation

Time dilation makes time appear to slow down. Seconds are minutes, activities seem to be occurring in slow motion, and the passage of time is skewed.

Because of the existence of the time dilation phenomena, it is always best to refrain from recounting events as you perceived them to have occurred. After a life-threatening event or self-defense action has taken place, it takes time for the body and the brain to recap what happened in what order and the amount of time it took.

No statements must be made until an attorney is present and after the attorney has had an opportunity to review the events. It is common for the attorney to advise you to take a few days before making a statement, allowing your mind to reassemble events correctly.

The Emotional Impact of a Defensive Shooting


Elation is the feeling you have after facing seemingly impossible odds and winning. It’s that feeling of joy, satisfaction, and wanting the whole world to know you have accomplished something great. Elation is perfectly normal once you have survived a life-threatening event. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate after facing a near-death experience?

Being elated can have its drawbacks as well. The outsider looking in might feel you are overly gratified and satisfied that you have taken someone’s life. You may even have bragged a little bit more than you should in an inappropriate manner. Elation in many ways is the body’s built-in defense mechanism for overcoming fear.

While the feeling of elation is perfectly natural, don’t be surprised if it goes away suddenly as the reality of taking another person’s life takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being. When elation is over you will likely feel the effects much like you would when coming off an adrenaline rush.

See our training calendar for times and locations near you.

Avoid Using Your Weapon

Using deadly force is very seldom black or white. It is rarely evident if it was right or wrong.

The line between a just and unjust homicide is extremely thin to determine, even under the best circumstances. With proper training, the conceal carry citizen should learn de-escalation techniques. Properly trained individuals should use the options available to them. Utilizing a firearm should consistently be your final resort!

Responsible concealed carry holders will avoid certain areas of town, times of day to be out in public, controversial clothing, and many other considerations.

In most states, the saying “a man’s house is his castle” is not a literal statement. A shooting occurring on your property or home comes under much scrutiny to determine if the shooting was justified. The best advice in any instance is to avoid the situation, walk away, or find some other form of personal protection if available and justified.

Other instructors insist I have Arizona, Florida, and Utah Non-resident licenses to get the best coverage. Is this true?


Many Instructors insist that you need to have additional permits from other states. This is simply not true.

Let’s compare these additional out-of-state permits side-by-side.

As You Compare Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Coverage
Ask Yourself Why You Would Need Additional Permits

Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons Permit Reciprocity Map

Idaho Enhanced Conceal Carry Reciprocity Map
Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons Reciprocity Map.

Arizona Non-Resident Concealed Carry Weapons Permit Reciprocity Map

Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit with an Arizona non-resident permit.

States Gained:

  • NONE

Florida Non-Resident Concealed Weapon License Reciprocity Map

Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons Permit with Florida Permit

States Gained:

  • NONE

Utah Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map

Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit with a non-resident Utah Permit

States Gained:

  • NONE

The bottom line, you don’t need additional permits!!!

This is a Two Day Course!

Why is this a 2-day course? Our Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons Class is the best Idaho concealed carry training you will receive. We want you to be properly trained when carrying a firearm in public; there are no shortcuts to carrying concealed properly.

Indoor ranges in Idaho do not accommodate outside instructors which makes no sense – we are literally bringing them, customers! We have chosen to utilize one of the several outdoor ranges in the Treasure Valley that like us bringing them customers. Indoor ranges are loud, really loud. You cannot hear the instructor while training and are extremely restrictive with what you can teach.

Indoor ranges do not accommodate drawing from holster nor do they allow movement on the range. Indoor ranges are loud, have long wait times on the weekends, and charge as much as 25/hr. in some locations we train. We have chosen to utilize one of the several outdoor ranges so we can train you correctly without the need to rush you through the skill-building portion of the class. You learn in a safe, comfortable, and fairly quiet environment.

Outdoor ranges are extremely hot or cold in the late afternoons which distracts new students from concentrating. By shooting early in the morning the following day of class, students are fresh and ready to train for self-defense shooting skills.



  • NONE. It is assumed you know how to use your gun. This is not a basic gun class.
  • If you are new to guns: It is highly recommended that you attend formal gun training such as the Idaho Pistol Essentials 101 Course, or the Women’s Only Workshop Pistol 101 Course.
  • Between 18 and 21, you will receive a standard Idaho Concealed Carry Permit. When you turn 21, it can be upgraded to the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Carry Weapons Permit.

Adherence to the primary safety rules must always be followed.

  1. Keep the Firearm Pointed in a Safe Direction.
  2. Keep the Firearm Unloaded Until Ready to Use.
  3. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready to Shoot.
  4. Know Your Target and Beyond.
  5. No Drugs, Alcohol, nor Cannabis are Allowed At The Range.

See Additional Safety Rules


Day 1: Classroom – Saturday

  • Notepads, pens, paper, highlighter.
  • personal revolver or pistol of any caliber, cased, secured, and free of ammunition.
  • Strong-side Holster, Appendix Holser, or Holster Purse: Preferably the one you intend to use when you carry concealed.
    • No Serpa Holsters Allowed
  • Training Cartridges (Dummy Rounds): At least 5 Training Cartridges in the correct caliber are needed for this class.
    • Can be found at local sporting goods stores or online.
  • Suitable Eye Protection. This can be wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses, or non-shattering prescription glasses.
  • Suitable Ear Protection. We recommend electronic noise-canceling earmuffs, but earplugs are acceptable.
  • Approxiament Length: 6 Hours

Day 2: Range Day – Sunday

  • personal revolver or pistol of any caliber, cased, secured, and free of ammunition.
  • Strong-side Holster, Appendix Holser, or Holster Purse: Preferably the one you intend to use when you carry concealed.
    • No Serpa Holsters Allowed
  • Training Cartridges (Dummy Rounds): At least 5 Training Cartridges in the correct caliber are needed for this class.
    • Can be found at local sporting goods stores or online.
  • Suitable Eye Protection. This can be wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses, or non-shattering prescription glasses.
  • Suitable Ear Protection. We recommend electronic noise-canceling earmuffs, but earplugs are acceptable.
  • Range Fees, if any, are the student’s responsibility and are not included with the course registration.
  • Check the weather report on the day of class and bring appropriate clothing.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • Bug Spray for the critters.
  • No V-Neck Shirts or Open-toed shoes.
  • Head covering if necessary.
  • Sunscreen or jackets when needed.
  • Suitable and Comfortable Footwear, no open-toed shoes are allowed.
  • Beverages for Hydration.
  • Bring snacks for breaks. Snacks – Are allowed at the range – snacks are not allowed on the firing line.
  • 150 Rounds of Quality, store-bought ammunition (no tracers, steel, or reloads allowed).
  • Knee Pads – for range day and private shooting drills afterward.
  • Small Personal Canopy during the summer season when temperatures are expected to be high.
  • Folding chair and a small folding table to create your workstation (bench).
  • Approxiament Length: 4 2ours.