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Utah representative proposes new constitutional carry law

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Utah rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­pos­es new con­sti­tu­tion­al car­ry law (Pho­to: Get­ty Images)

Utah Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lee Per­ry pro­posed a bill Fri­day that would allow gun own­ers in Utah to car­ry con­cealed firearms with­out a per­mit.

Accord­ing to the Salt Lake Tri­bune, Rep. Per­ry posed the fol­low­ing hypo­thet­i­cal to try and explain the bill’s pur­pose: “Say I’m out hunt­ing one day and have my sidearm on. I hap­pen to stop at the gas sta­tion on the way home and it’s cold. So I put my coat on and walk into the store. If an offi­cer sees me, he’s not going to cite me and give me a Class B mis­de­meanor.”

The bill, called HB112, is sim­i­lar to a 2013 bill Utah Gov­er­nor Gary Her­bert chose to veto. Her­bert has expressed that he will most like­ly veto sim­i­lar bills unless notable changes are made.

Her­bert believes the state’s cur­rent per­mit sys­tem works and is not keen on chang­ing it. The cur­rent sys­tem requires gun own­ers apply­ing for a con­cealed car­ry per­mit to pass a back­ground check and com­plete a course. It also allows for peri­od­ic court checks that flag per­mit-hold­ers who com­mit a crime.

Rep. Per­ry remains hope­ful that the bill will become state law, cit­ing key dif­fer­ences between his bill and the 2013 bill the gov­er­nor vetoed.

The new bill would not hold busi­ness­es respon­si­ble for acts com­mit­ted by per­mit hold­ers they allow on their prop­er­ty, the Salt Lake Tri­bune report­ed. While home­own­ers are cur­rent­ly pro­tect­ed as such, Per­ry wants busi­ness­es to have the same pro­tec­tion.

Even if the bill pass­es, Per­ry still sees many gun own­ers apply­ing for per­mits, as 36 oth­er states rec­og­nize Utah’s per­mits. Trav­el­ers would still need that per­mit to con­ceal car­ry in most of those oth­er states. Accord­ing to the Utah Bureau of Crim­i­nal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, out of Utah’s 674,345 con­cealed car­ry per­mits, only 232, 927 have been issued to Utah res­i­dents.

Laws sim­i­lar to Perry’s pro­posed bill have been insti­tut­ed in Alas­ka, Arkansas, Ida­ho, Kansas, Maine, Mis­sis­sip­pi, Mis­souri, Ver­mont, West Vir­ginia and Wyoming.
Utah rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­pos­es new con­sti­tu­tion­al car­ry law
Utah rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­pos­es new con­sti­tu­tion­al car­ry law

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