Constitutional Carry in Utah

25 Jan

It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. HB76 has been introduced this legislative session and I’m not really sure if it’s going to pass.

Utah law already allows unlicensed open carry and concealed carry permits are easy to get. Of course there is some pant wetting going on by those who don’t understand Utah’s gun laws. “But this means criminals could legally carry concealed handguns!” Um, no, not if they can’t legally own a firearm. It would still be illegal for them.

House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig frames her opposition as not wanting to “take any tools away from law enforcement,” referring to the daily background check that is run on all concealed carry permit holders. This is certainly a valid argument.

Even if the bill passes, I would presume that a majority of those who would carry a concealed weapon would still get the Utah permit because of Utah’s reciprocity/recognition with 35 other states.


Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Guns, Local, Politics, Self Defense


3 responses to “Constitutional Carry in Utah

  1. enginerd

    January 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I’m for it, or something like it. If you could go to the DMV, pass a background check, and be issued a State ID or Drivers Liscence that idicates you can carry a concealed weapon then we’d be half-way to constitutional carry.

    I think constitutional carry gets us back to the “innocent until proven guilty” mindset, rather than the “guilty until proven innocent” that exists with a background check being necessary to “bear arms.”

    Open carry is somewhat silly. You can carry openly an unloaded weapon anywhere causing people to feel uneasy – having to guess your intentions (is it loaded or not?). One more action would load the weapon and make it illegal to carry openly.

    Also, you cannot carry an unloaded weapon concealed without a permit. So you can carry an unloaded weapon as long as people can see it? You can’t just throw it in you backpack just in case?

    Many times, gun laws are just silly.

    • Reese

      January 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      One way I see this law helping, is to bridge the gap between when a concealed carry permit is applied for and when it is received. Many people get their training then have to wait 90 days in order to exercise a specific, enumerated right.

      Can you imagine the outrage that would be expressed if people had to pass a background check and waiting period in order to vote? In Utah, you can register to vote ON ELECTION DAY at the polling location. Or if you had to pass a background check in order to practice your religion?

      • enginerd

        January 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        Exactly! If keeping and bearing arms is a right, then it should be no different than the right of Free Speech, Religion and the Right to Vote, among other rights


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