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'We're not the wild and woolly West,' governor says

Published: Friday, March 22 2013 11:40 a.m. MDT

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The Skeptical Chymist

Bravo, Governor Herbert!


He's got a point with the "If it ain't broke don't fix it" however I wish this bill would pass. I think it would be a deterrent to crime, because more than ever criminals would have to wonder "if I mess with this person, does he/she have a gun?"

one old man
Ogden, UT

EXCELLENT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now let's tighten up on requirements for training for the CCP so that criminals will not only have to wonder if the person they're planning to mess with has gun, but does he or she actually know how to use it?

Springville, UT

Herbert will never get my vote again.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sounds like we need to elect a governor who will actually support gun rights, like they promised in their campaign.

Gov. Herbert is a good guy, and has been pretty good, but he is wrong on this one and perhaps has become a pandering politician afraid to stand on principle and more flexible to appeal to "moderates" who stand for nothing.

Our system IS broken. We infringe on the inherent right of self defense by mandating a permit, something not required every in Vermont, or in Alaska for the last 10 years, or Arizona for the last 3 years or Wyoming for 2 years. Although the usual opponents scream about shootouts over parking spots and similar hysteria, actual experience in those states prove that such fears are unfounded.

I bet that a Governor Rob Bishop, or Jason Chaffetz, or Mike Lee, or Mia Love would have signed this bill, or even a Gov. Becky Lockhart! Let the campaign begin to replace Gov. Herbert.

Sugar City, ID



Yay. Hope other Republican officials recognize that the majority of the Republicans are not as Right-Wing as some vocal members are.

Farmington, UT

Bravo! Sensible government prevails over reactionary message bills.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I don't agree with much of what he does, but this was a great thing. Probably his best moment so far as Gov.

Council Bluffs, IA

Too bad the people of Utah do not have the iniative to bring this to the ballot.

Davis, UT

If this bill does pass, I know I will be packing. I do not have a concealed weapons permit; however, I have been thinking about getting one for the sole purpose of protection. Since this bill would legally allow any Joe Schmo to carry a gun, you better believe I would too.

If this bill does pass, the requirement to notify law enforcement whither or not a driver is carrying a concealed weapon better remain.

Redding, CA

Good move, Gov Herbert. The right decision, the right opinion, the right action. We need more responsible gun ownership and carrying, not less. This bill was clearly a cry from the nra's leader, a dismal man with no worthwhile goals. Your veto of this terrible bill is welcome to me.

Francis LeGuarde
Sandy, UT

I'm encouraged by the veto, but still nervous about the prospect of an override. Utah faces many grave and serious challenges. Our legislators should stop wasting time with sophomoric "message" bills. Wouldn't the state be better off if we focused this intense energy and enthusiasm on something like education?

Pleasant Grove, UT

Never thought I would say this. But, good work Gary!!

Poplar Grove, UT

@DN Subscriber
I've heard Mrs. Lockhart interviewed, on conservative and "liberal" radio shows. I'm not sure she's the insane person you are looking for. She actually seems to use common sense, so she's out. Same with Chafetz, while he's a conservative, I don't think he's a nut either. Mike Lee probably would have, Rob Bishop would never run, he would actually have to have a position on an issue instead of collecting campaign donations from military contractors. IDK about Mia, she might actually fit the bill.

Bountiful, UT

Thank you, Governor Herbert!


Thank you Governor Herbert! You will continue to get my vote in the future.

Bluffdale, UT

sometimes are leaders are so far right i want to move away. our govorner gives me hope for utah and common sense.

Syracuse, UT

Good for him. We need common sense when it comes to gun control laws.

American Fork, UT

I've been very impressed with the levelheadedness of Gov. Herbert lately. If people like Herbert and Chris Christie stay around I might just vote Republican again in the future.

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