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Restoration of Firearms Rights Request Information

Per Idaho Code §18-310, a sentence of custody to the Idaho Board of Corrections suspends a person’s civil rights, including the right to ship, transport, possess or receive a firearm. For certain offenses identified in Idaho Code §18-310, restoration of these rights may only occur through application to, and granting by, the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. The Commission does not have the authority to restore the firearm rights of a person with misdemeanor convictions. These rights are automatically restored upon sentence completion.
If applying for a pardon, there is NO need to file an application for firearm rights restoration. Firearms rights are restored if a pardon is granted.

The Commission shall only consider the restoration of firearms rights for those convicted of felonies in the state of Idaho. Restoration of firearm rights is statutorily prohibited for those convicted of the following offenses:

  • Murder in the First Degree
  • Murder in the Second Degree
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Any convictions with sentences enhanced for the use of a firearm during the commission of the offense

Requirements that must be met prior to applying for restoration of firearm rights:

  • Application must be submitted no sooner than 5-years after discharge of felony sentences.
  • Applications for restoration of firearms rights can only be submitted once every 12-months, unless specified by the Commission.
  • If applying for a pardon, there is NO need to file an application for firearm rights restoration. Firearms rights are restored if a pardon is granted.
  • Download the Restoration of Firearms Rights Application or contact the Parole Commission office for further information regarding how to obtain an application.
  • Those currently incarcerated or being supervised for a felony and/or misdemeanor convictions do not qualify for restoration of firearm rights.
  • Completed application in its entirety.
  • Identification of reason for requesting restoration of firearms rights.
  • Certified copies of all court judgment and conviction orders for each felony crime listed in the application. Idaho Repository or ROA printouts from the Court will not be accepted.
  • Verification of Court ordered fines, fees, and restitution are paid in full.
  • Incorrectly completed applications or those lacking required documentation will be returned to the applicant and not processed.
    • Application must be the original application with an original signature.
    • Applications must be legible.
    • Mail application and all required additional documents and supporting materials to:

Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole
3056 Elder Street
Boise, Idaho 83705

  • Upon receipt of an application, an investigation will be conducted. That investigation will include, but is not limited to, a criminal records check, employment history check, applicant’s status as a good citizen, and investigation into any other prosocial accomplishments in the applicant’s life since satisfaction of sentence.
  • This investigation may include a face-to-face or telephone interview with the applicant.
  • A report will be prepared and forwarded to the Commission.
  • A hearing will be scheduled during the months of January, April, July, and October in open session and a decision will be reached by the Commission regarding the request for restoration during that hearing.
  • This process restores firearm privileges only. No other civil rights are restored through this process.

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