Carry rights are being expanded in Utah.
State lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday for a bill allowing young adults to carry a concealed weapon.
In a legislative session with many debates on the ability of young adults to think rationally and handle adult decisions, lawmakers approved legislation that would create a provisional concealed carry permit for its youngest adults.
Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Syracuse, sponsored HB198, a bill she described as an effort to protect college-age women who feel vulnerable to sexual assault.
"Twenty to 25 percent of our college-aged women over the course of a typical undergraduate career will be victim to a completed or attempted forcible rape," said Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, the bill's Senate sponsor. "A group of 18- to 20-year-old women brought this bill idea to Rep. Lisonbee. They wanted to be able to defend themselves."
Weiler said the use of a weapon ranked as the most effective means of defending against attempted rape.
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