04 Executive Orders


Executive Orders are issued by the Office of the Governor. They tend to deal with very limited issues or spheres of influence directly related to that office, such as advisory groups, task forces and boards, and the capitol. One Executive Order restricts gun rights of Idaho citizens, with exceptions.

EXECUTIVE ORDERS RESEARCH. The official webpage for Executive Orders contains Orders from the current year, plus an Archive from the year 2010 onward (see the sidebar on that home page). For earlier Orders, use the search function.

Current Executive Orders are available in individual PDF documents. Sets of orders from earlier years are available in monthly Idaho Administrative Bulletins, with an Archive that goes back to 1995. The Bulletins are numbered by year and month (for example, Volume 03-3 is March 2003), and there may be multiple volumes for a given month. They contain Executive Orders and changes in Administrative Code Rules (see section below). Also, it may be several months after an Executive Order is signed before it appears in a Bulletin.

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Executive Order No. 2004-07

Executive Order No. 2004-07 was signed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne on October 22, 2004. The complete text appears in Volume 05-1, January 2005, Idaho Administrative Bulletin, Page 20. The official title of the Order is, “Establishing the Capitol Mall area as a weapon free zone repealing and replacing Executive Order No. 2000-02.”Executive Order No. 2004-07, Section 1 prohibits possession of a weapon in the Capitol Mall area, by any person at any time – other than the specific classes of individuals exempted from this in Section 2. These include:

  • a. State Elected Officials;
  • b. Peace officers as defined in Idaho Code Section 19-5101; [i.e., various kinds within the categories of Council, County detention officer, law enforcement and peace officers];
  • c. Criminal investigators of the Attorney General’s Office or a county prosecuting attorney’s office; and
  • d. Individuals or organizations displaying weapons as part of a historical or cultural presentation who have received written permission from the Office of the Governor.
  • e. Law enforcement officials authorized to carry a firearm under federal statute.

Section 3 defines “weapons” as “(1) any type of firearm or (2) any knife or similar object which has a blade in excess of six (6) inches in length.” Section 4 defines the area included in the “Capitol Mall.”

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