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Update on Pending Pro-Gun Bills in Utah!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Please Contact Your State Legislators!

Two pro-gun bills are currently making their way through the legislature.

Last Thursday, the Utah State House of Representatives passed House Bill 357.  The bill now heads straight to the Senate floor.

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.

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.

Another pro-gun bill, Senate Bill 78, is currently pending action by the House.

SB78 would protect your right to lawfully transport and store firearms in your privately-owned locked motor vehicle while parked in publicly accessible parking lots controlled by your employer or a business you frequent. 

Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB357 when it comes before them.  Also, please contact your State Representative and kindly urge them to vote for SB78 when it comes before them for a vote.  Contact information can be found here.

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