SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho sheriff says he supports allowing residents to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit.

Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler tells the Bonner County Daily Bee in a story on Sunday that the "Constitutional Carry" bill introduced by lawmakers last month aligns Idaho law with the true meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In eastern Idaho, Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen and Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand came out against the bill last month, saying it will make the jobs of law enforcement officers tougher.

Currently, Idaho residents who want to carry a concealed weapon need to get a permit. There are two types of permits available in Idaho, one of which requires training and is recognized as valid in some other states.