Lawmaker resurrects push for 'constitutional carry' bill

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  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2017 1:09 a.m.

    Time for a new issue---shoot, this one is loaded for failure. (Puns intended.)

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2017 11:27 p.m.

    This bill does not allow anyone to carry concealed who does not already have a legal right to carry openly. Carrying openly scares people not accustomed to seeing guns. These people panic and call the police resulting in a horrendous waste of police time, money and resources. This is the reason some advocate for this bill to be referred to as "Not so Scary Carry." That is all this bill does. It allows those who already have the right to carry a gun openly to carry concealed so they don't frighten people unnaturally afraid of guns. Get it? Legal Firearms without the Freak Out.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 22, 2017 10:06 p.m.

    Once again opponents of common sense improvements in our gun laws predict all sorts of scary mayhem, just like they did in 1995 when "shall issue concealed carry permits" were proposed, and about 8 years ago when permitless car carry was proposed, and even 3 years ago when Gov. Herbert vetoed the first Constitutional Carry bill.

    Since then, more than 45 states have passed "shall issue" with no problems. Car carry has resulted in no problems. Representative Lee Perry (also a Highway Patrol Officer) opposed that but has since admitted that the facts proved him wrong and he is now the sponsor of the Constitutional Carry bill. If Gov. Herbert wants input from law enforcement, talk to Rep./LT Perry!

    The Catholic Church's opposition is based on emotion and a lack of understanding of what is already legal and illegal and what the proposed bill will do. If the current limitations on Second Amendment rights were applied to the First, people would need a permit to pray, and a background check and minimum age to buy a Bible. Gun owners would oppose such restrictions on them.

    This is a good bill.

  • Bigger Bubba Herriman, UT
    Jan. 22, 2017 8:35 p.m.

    This bill is nuts! Tired of it coming up. If you want to carry a handgun, get a background check, get your CC, and get it together.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Jan. 22, 2017 8:01 p.m.

    To clarify,

    Rep Perry's bill will have zero effect on Utah's highly successful and valuable carry permit system. The permit will not be altered in any way.

    Neither does Perry's bill change where a gun can be carried without a permit, or who can legally carry a gun without a permit.

    The bill does not allow guns to be carried loaded without a permit.

    All the bill does is allow a person who is at least 21 years old, to carry a gun under his coat in the same way he can currently carry that gun visibly, without a permit: Unloaded, not in any school zone or other rwateicted location, not by any criminal or person with aerious mental health problems.

    This is much less than a dozen other States have already done, with none of them suffering any negative effects at all. No rise in crime or accidents. No loss if the value of life.

    Just a little more respect for our ability to peacefully live our lives without government micromanaging and taxing every single aspect.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 22, 2017 6:21 p.m.

    Rep. Perry. No, No, No. All gun sales should be registered, background checks for all, and conceal carry permits. That doesn't stop criminals but everything we can do to monitor gun sales and concealed carry's is a good thing. If you have nothing to hide that shouldn't be a problem. You can't legislate common sense so we will have to hope for the best with that.