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Utah Self-Defense Bill Could Be Considered Today!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Please Contact Your State Representative!

The Utah State House of Representatives could consider important self-defense legislation as early as today and it is critical that Utah’s NRA members and law-abiding gun owners immediately voice their support for the bill.

House Bill 357, sponsored by State Representative Steve Sandstrom (R-58), would make it easier for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves without the need to obtain a concealed weapon permit.  HB 357 does the following:

  • It fixes the clearly unintended aspect of existing law that makes it illegal to carry a concealed firearm in or on a person’s residence, property or a business under the person’s control without a concealed weapon permit.
  • It would clarify and simplify the currently vague and inconsistent law by allowing law-abiding citizens to choose how they carry a firearm (open, concealed, unloaded or loaded) in a vehicle without the need to obtain a permit.

Self-defense is a fundamental right.  Law-abiding citizens should not be hindered in their ability to provide a means of self-protection.  This is especially the case when individuals are in their homes and in or on their property, including their place of business that is under their control and in the extended domain of their private vehicle.

Fifteen states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, and Nevada allow the carrying of concealed, loaded firearms for self-protection in vehicles without a concealed weapon permit.  An additional nine states, including Idaho and Wyoming, allow loaded firearms to be carried openly for self-protection in vehicles.

Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge them to support and protect your right to self-defense by voting for House Bill 357.

You can find your Representative by clicking on the following link:
http://le.utah.gov/house/DistrictInfo/newMaps/State.htm

You will find a list of Representatives and their email contact at the following link: http://le.utah.gov/house/members/membertable1add.asp

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