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Utah gun permit applications down after requirement dropped

Aaron Turner, a concealed carry instructor, poses for a portrait with his Glock 19X pistol at his home in Murray on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the months since Utah did away with the law requiring a permit to carry a concealed firearm, in-state applicants for permits have steadily declined from a high of 4,819 in January to just 765 in September.

The Deseret News reports fewer than 780 Utah residents per month have sought a license since the end of June.

There are fears that gun owners won’t be prepared to carry weapons safely going forward.

The law’s sponsor maintains there are other ways to learn about firearm safety.

Utah is now one of 20 states now do not require permits for the open or concealed carry of guns.

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