Constitutional Carry Gun Legislation Resurrected and Signed Into Law

Constitutional Carry Gun Legislation Resurrected and Signed Into Law

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill that allows Utahns to carry concealed weapons without a permit on Feb. 12. Many groups, including the Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center, displayed adamant disdain for the bill, citing statistics from Arizona, which also passed constitutional carry in 2010. From Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center’s Twitter : “After enacting permit less carry in 2010, the state of Arizona experienced a 44% increase in aggravated assaults committed with a firearm.” Another argument against the bill came from Edwin Rutan, former city attorney for Salt Lake City and a member of UGVPC’s board, who proposed four reasons why the bill shouldn’t be passed in the Salt Lake Tribune : According to Rutan, the bill would “eliminate the requirement for education on lawful use of force, eliminate the requirement for education on suicide prevention, eliminate the requirement for training in the safe loading and unloading, storage and carrying of guns and slow down police officers in securing and processing a crime scene when a gun is involved.” Rutan added the only people in support of this bill are “lazy” and “irresponsible.” Second Amendment advocates, such as the National Association for Gun Rights, responded to these points , saying that “constitutional carry is the simple concept that law-abiding citizens who are legally allowed to possess a handgun, should also be allowed to carry that handgun openly, or concealed, without having to pay a tax or obtain a government permit”. The first attempt at constitutional carry, HB76 […]

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