A bill to allow concealed-weapons permit holders to skip criminal background checks when buying guns has been endorsed by the Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, was amended to prohibit gun purchases for a person who was the subject of a protective order for domestic violence.Action on the bill came after the committee heard complaints Tuesday that there are conflicts between the state laws regarding concealed weapons and regarding gun purchases.
Waddoups said he would fix the problem as the measure moves through the Legislature.
The law allows those who are under indictment or who have been dishonorably discharged from the military to receive concealed-weapons permits, but they are barred from purchasing or possessing handguns.
"You would issue a permit to someone even under indictment?" Sen. Nathan Tanner, R-Ogden, asked Stuart Smith, chief of the state Bureau of Criminal Identification. "Then we've got a problem."
The discrepancy in state law was pointed out to the committee by Assistant Attorney General Michael Wims.
Wims said the law also allows permits to be issued to illegal aliens and to those who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, while those people are excluded from purchasing or possessing firearms.