Utah to allow residents to carry concealed firearms without permit

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 12th, 2021 10:17 am
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Last Updated Feb 13th, 2021 at 3:03 pm

Utah residents will soon be able to carry a concealed gun without a permit, with Gov. Spencer Cox signing the legislation into law this week.

The law allows anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm without a permit while in the state. Convicted felons, those adjudicated mentally ill, and others prohibited from owning a gun are excluded from the law.

Chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council Clark Aposhian said that the law is a win for gun owners and will decrease wait times for those potentially in danger.

Utah is the 17th state to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. There is currently no state that outright bans concealed carry.

"The adoption of these laws in the last two decades has demonstrated the power and persuasive ability of a mobilized gun-rights movement," Jake Charles, executive director of Duke University's Center for Firearms Law, said.

The new law will take effect on May 5.


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