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.