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

How Idaho Defines Deadly Force

Title 19
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 2
Prevention of Public Offenses


A person using force or deadly force in defense of a habitation, place of business or employment or occupied vehicle as defined in section 18-4009(3), Idaho Code, is presumed to have acted reasonably and had a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or serious bodily injury if the force is used against a person whose entry or attempted entry therein is unlawful and is made or attempted by use of force, or in a violent and tumultuous manner, or surreptitiously or by stealth, or for the purpose of committing a felony.

The Levels of Mental Awareness

Color-Code: ALERT

Situational Awareness - Color Coding

The box to the left represents a color-coding process that identifies which stage of awareness you are currently experiencing.

In this system being in the “orange” state means you are assessing if a threat is real or not.

These are the conditions where you may cross the street to avoid and unsavory looking individual. You may decide to go into a nearby store and seek the company of others. This is not the situation where you’re reaching for your firearm but you may be checking its in the holster if you need it. If you are feeling uncomfortable this is the time to act, rather than react, and to follow your personal action plan.

Reactions to an Attack


Submission to an attack is simply giving in to the attacker’s demands. In essence, submission is the act of giving up to an attacker’s demands. The “tactical” advantage of submitting to the attacker’s demands is to avoid making the situation worse and to mitigate the possibility of further or escalated violence. S Submitting to an attacker’s demands may be the best or only option you have to choose. Keep in mind, that no amount of money, no automobile that you own, no television or stereo, nor jewelry, no matter how sentimental, is worth losing your life over.

Submission may be your only option. For example, you are not armed with your concealed carry gun, or the act of reaching for it increases the risk of escalating the attack. On the other hand, statistics show today’s criminal is more likely to continue the attack even after you have submitted to their demand, maiming or killing you in the process. Your attack may have nothing to do with your valuables – it may be an initiation to a gang or just for the thrill factor that comes along with getting away with the attack.

In one reported incident, a student was robbed at gunpoint in the state of California, where law-abiding citizens find it extremely hard, if not impossible, to get a concealed carry license within city boundaries. The attack occurred at the very famous Santa Monica pier where a police presence would be expected to be present at all times. Instead, the attacker got away with the car, the women’s purse, the man’s wallet, and other valuables. When the police were called, it took over an hour for a response, the attacker was far gone by the time the police arrived. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed as a result of submitting to the demands of the attacker.

Statistically, it is never a good idea to submit to an attacker. In some instances, there may be no other choice. Making a decision to defend yourself simply because of principle may also be a poor choice. Continued training for an attack, under a variety of conditions and situations, some other form of self-defense, and having a plan when attacked are all good options for surviving an attack.

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


It is perfectly natural to experience revulsion after taking someone else’s life. Revulsion can present as being nauseous, vomiting, or even loss of conscience after seeing the results of the confrontation.

Not everyone will experience a sense of revulsion. Some people are immune from revulsion simply because of their type of profession. Military, law enforcement, EMTs, doctors, and other first responders may not react the same as you would under the same conditions.


Remorse for having to take another human being’s life, having a sense of sorrow, sadness, and other emotions can occur. It is important to note this feeling of regret or self-imposed guilt will pass over time. Keep in mind it is perfectly natural to have some feeling of remorse after a deadly encounter.


Self-doubt can come into play as you replay the event over and over again in your mind. You begin to think if you acted too quickly if you could have said something to change things, and other “if only” scenarios will plaque you for some time to come. While this is perfectly natural, keep in mind your training guided you correctly during the encounter and you did the right thing.

Be careful about expressing any doubts you may have verbally, to yourself, a family member, and especially the police. At this point after the arrack is over, the necessary calls have been made and your attorney is on his way to meet you. Remember your right to have an attorney present during questioning and speak to no one until you have spoken to your attorney.

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.