Constitutional Carry – Utah Becomes 17th State

By Faye Higbee

On February 12th, 2021, Utah became the 17th state to do away with concealed carry permits. Constitutional Carry, or permitless carry, however you want to describe it, is now the law in the state, signed by Governor Spencer Cox.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) signed legislation Friday to abolish the requirement that law-abiding citizens acquire a concealed carry permit in order to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.

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Constitutional Carry: no governmental permission required

HB 60, the bill that wended its way through the Utah state legislature with numerous cosponsors, was passed by both State House and Senate. It removes any language requiring persons 21 and over to purchase a concealed carry permit. The bill has a provision that provides for the transfer of unused funds in the Concealed Weapons Account to the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for suicide prevention efforts. It also creates a Suicide Prevention and Education Fund.

“We need to get back to trusting law-abiding citizens, and get rid of these regulations that are not doing any good.”

Rep Walt Brooks (R)

Utah joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming for Constitutional carry.

The law keeps the Concealed permit program for anyone who still wants to obtain one, as most of the other states have done.

House Bill 60, sponsored by Representative Walt Brooks (R-75), allows a law-abiding adult to carry a concealed firearm in the State of Utah, without first needing to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. Additionally, this legislation maintains the existing Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP) system, so citizens who still wish to obtain a permit may do so. 

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The usual leftists like Moms Demand Action strenuously opposed the bill, to no avail. Tennessee is the next state to take up the call for constitutional carry after Governor Bill Lee re-introduced the matter to the legislature.

Blue states vs Red states: Blue states value control of the populace, Red states trust their people. Big cities vs rural areas. The divide is growing. Buckle up.

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