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.