Welcome to Idaho Gun Warning Sign

A graphic shows a "Welcome to Idaho" sign which includes a warning to criminals and terrorists about its gun-carrying population. Is this sign real?

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It’s fake.

The text below the “Welcome to Idaho” was digitally added either as a joke or as a statement about gun control. The text reads:

Attention Criminals & Terrorists

Over 170,000 Idaho residents have a permit to legally carry a concealed weapon, about 60% of the rest of the population is armed but have not bothered to purchase the license as it is not a requirement to carry a firearm. Understand, a substantial portion of the population is armed and prepared to defend themselves and others against acts of criminal violence.


However, California, New York and Illinois have disarmed their citizens for your convenience.

Below you can see the image being circulated, and then an unaltered photograph of the “Welcome to Idaho” sign that does not have the added text:


This is the original photo:



Over the past year, we have written of similar fake signs for Louisiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Bottom Line

The “Welcome to Idaho” gun warning sign is fake. It was either created as a joke or a statement about the state’s gun-carrying population.

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  • Heather Brown

    I love these signs! If it was legal, it would be true! And id wasnt it up! Ha it really isn’t far from the truth

  • Dan Renner

    Sorry Aaron, but the sign is most certainly fake. Not only is the background (blue), without any hint of a gradient, but it’s devoid of stains and whoever did the work, didn’t bother to color in the corners. What’s more there are at least two different altered versions; one specific to terrorists, and one about God and guns, supposedly authorized by the governor.