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Utah: Two Critical Pro-Gun Bills Moving in Utah

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Utah: Two Critical Pro-Gun Bills Moving in Utah

Please contact your legislators today in support of SB 256 and HB 350

On Monday, March 9, the Utah Senate passed NRA-supported Senate Bill 256 by a 21 to 6 vote.  Sponsored by Senator David Hinkins (R-27), SB 256 would create a permitless carry exemption to allow those who are 21 years of age and not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm to carry concealed without obtaining a permit.

In Utah, existing law allows any resident who can legally own or possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state.  Since law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry a firearm openly without a permit, they should not become criminals just because they put on a jacket or place their firearm in their purse or briefcase.

Last week, House Bill 350 was passed out of the House by a 72 to 0 vote.  On Monday, March 9, HB 350 passed out of the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee by a 3 to 0 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Norman Thurston (R-64), HB 350 would eliminate the prohibition of carrying a concealed weapon on a bus. 

It is critical that you contact your legislators TODAY in support of these pro-gun measures as they will both likely be voted on tomorrow before adjournment.  Please contact your state Representative in support of Senate Bill 256 as well as your state Senator in support of House Bill 350.  If you are not sure who represents you, click here.

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