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Utah: 2016 Legislative Session Convenes With “Permitless Carry” in the Works

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Utah: 2016 Legislative Session Convenes With “Permitless Carry” in the Works

On January 25, the Utah State Legislature began its 2016 legislative session. This year’s rapid-moving session begins with the introduction of legislation to allow permitless carry in the state of Utah.

Senate Bill 97, sponsored by state Senator David Hinkins (R-27), would allow individuals to carry a concealed firearm without a concealed firearm permit as long as they are at least 21 years of age and can lawfully possess a firearm.  If enacted, Utah would join seven other states that allow permitless carry.  SB 97 seeks to remove restrictions for law-abiding gun owners who wish to exercise their Right to self-defense in The Beehive State.

In Utah, existing state law allows any law-abiding citizen to openly carry an unloaded firearm without a permit.  To carry the same firearm concealed, however, the person must obtain a Concealed Firearm Permit from the state.  It doesn’t make sense to require a law-abiding citizen to pay a fee, endure a bureaucratic process, be subjected to fingerprinting, and obtain the government’s permission so the person can wear a jacket that would cover his or her firearm.  Law-abiding citizens do not suddenly turn into violent criminals just because they choose to conceal their firearm.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated as this legislation advances through the Utah Legislature. 

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.