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Utah: Legislature Adjourns, Pro-Gun Legislation Left Un-Passed

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Utah: Legislature Adjourns, Pro-Gun Legislation Left Un-Passed

Last week, the 2015 Utah legislative session wrapped up in Salt Lake City.  This session saw the introduction of multiple pro-gun bills, including:

Senate Bill 256, sponsored by state Senator David Hinkins (R-27), would have created 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.  SB 256 was passed out of the Utah Senate by a 21 to 6 vote on March 9. Unfortunately, SB 256 died in the House.

House Bill 350, sponsored by state Representative Norman Thurston (R-64), would eliminate the prohibition of carrying a concealed weapon on a bus.  HB 350 was passed out of the Utah House of Representatives by a 72 to 0 vote on March 9.  Unfortunately, HB 350 did not pass in the Senate this session.

A special thanks to all dedicated NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their elected state officials on gun-related legislation. 

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