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Utah Poised To Remove Concealed Weapon Permit Requirements

Feb 6, 2021, 10:56 AM | Updated: 11:10 am

FILE: The Utah Legislature opens its 2021 session with virtual observers and plexiglass separating ...

FILE: The Utah Legislature opens its 2021 session with virtual observers and plexiglass separating lawmakers. (KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah gun owners would be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit under a bill that passed the state Senate on Friday, leaving one procedural vote before it heads to the desk of a supportive Gov. Spencer Cox.

Several other states, including Tennessee, are considering similar measures backed by gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association.

The bill would remove requirements to take a weapons course and undergo a background check to carry a hidden gun legally in public.

Currently, the state Bureau of Criminal Identification says “applicants must complete a firearms familiarity course certified by BCI. No exceptions.”

Gun-control groups say those steps keep people safer. But supporters of the bill say they are ineffective and undermine Second Amendment rights.

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Utah Poised To Remove Concealed Weapon Permit Requirements