SALT LAKE CITY — State senators preliminarily approved a bill that would require out-of-state gun owners to obtain a concealed carry permit in their homes state before applying for one in Utah.

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said some states have recently stopped recognizing Utah permits because they want to license their own residents. SB36 is designed to appease those states.

Utah is a popular place for obtaining concealed weapons permits because the license is valid in 33 states.

"We want to be recognized as a leader across the nation in this area," said Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-West Jordan.

Nonresidents whose states do not issue gun permits could apply directly to Utah knowing the license would not be good in their home state.

— Dennis Romboy