Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Lawmaker Proposes to Allow Gun Owners to Carry Concealed Weapons Without a Permit
A new Constitutional Carry bill has been introduced in Utah.
Via the Salt Lake Tribune:
The Legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert may be headed for another shootout over whether to allow Utah gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, unveiled HB112 on Friday to do that. It is similar to a bill by former Rep. John Mathis that Herbert vetoed in 2013. The governor recently said he would veto similar bills unless significant modifications are made.
Utahns now may legally carry guns openly, Perry said. With his bill, “if they happen to cover it up,” such as with a coat, “it will not be a crime unless they do something else like an assault, or threaten somebody.”
He poses a hypothetical to explain the purpose of the legislation. “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 his bill passes, he said, “If an officer sees me, he’s not going to cite me and give me a Class B misdemeanor.”
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