Utah Residents Will Still Need Permit To Carry Concealed Gun
Salt Lake City, Utah ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Saying he has yet to receive any credible evidence that the state’s current permit process constitutes a hardship, the Utah governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
On the Governor’s website, he said, "As a gun owner and concealed firearm permit holder, I understand the value of the permit, both to firearm owners and to the public at large," Governor Herbert wrote. "As a State, we must exercise extreme care that we not impose undue burdens on the right to bear arms, but I have yet to receive any credible evidence that Utah's current permit process constitutes a hardship."
Governor Gary Herbert made the decision today. The bills sponsor, Representative John Mathis (R) has been quoted as saying the bill was a convenience for ranchers who might find themselves in violation of the low by accidently covering a gun while putting on a raincoat.
The Senate passed the bill 21-7 and the house said yes with 51-18. The bill could still pass if lawmakers were to challenge it. The House would need 50 votes and the Senate, 20.