SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker has revived a bill that would allow adults 21 and over to carry a concealed, unloaded gun without a permit.
Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, vetoed the same proposal two years ago, arguing that the concealed permit system is an important tool for law enforcement agencies.
Utah residents can openly carry an unloaded weapon without a permit. Clearfield Republican Rep. Curtis Oda says his bill will simply allow someone to cover up the weapon and make it less distracting or distressing for those concerned about seeing a firearm.
Herbert's spokesman Marty Carpenter said Tuesday that the governor's position on the proposal not changed since 2013.
Idaho and South Dakota are considering similar proposals this year. Four states already allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
Online: HB 260: http://1.usa.gov/1DfaYWa