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Utah Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill Into Law

Updated 02/24/21

Governor Spencer Cox signed several different bills into law last week, one of which was the Constitutional Carry bill, HB 60.

Constitutional Carry, also known as permitless carry, will make it so that anyone who legally meets the requirements can legally carry a concealed gun without a permit. The requirements to meet are that the person be over 21 years of age and be legally able to have a firearm in his or her possession.

This new law will apply both to residents and non-residents of Utah who meet those requirements. Also, to clarify this law allows one to carry concealed LOADED, without a permit.

The idea behind Constitutional Carry is simple to understand. The thought is that the Second Amendment protects American citizens and their right to KEEP and BEAR arms. What do those two 4-letter words, keep and bear, actually mean?

To keep and bear means to own and carry.

Because that right also says that keeping and bearing arms shall not be infringed, more and more states are entering the permitless carry fray.

As the new law goes into effect on May 5, 2021, Utah will be recognized as the 17th state to enact this type of law. Below is a map of the others:

The green states on that map are the ones that have some form of Constitutional Carry already passed, the blue states are the ones that are shall issue, and the red ones are the bad gun states.

Of course this legislation has gotten some criticism from the anti-gun groups like the Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center who had this to say in a Tweet:

And of course, we’d like to point out that the above statistic doesn’t mean much when you consider that three of the safest states in the union–Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine–also have Constitutional Carry and seem to be doing fine.

Other notable information contained in the bill is that at the end of the fiscal year a portion of the unused funds from the Concealed Weapons Account will be transferred to a different fund to help fight suicide.

Conclusion:

Utah’s Constitutional Carry law won’t go into effect until May 5, 2021 but it is coming and we will be sure to update our map when it does change. As of right now, you CANNOT carry a concealed gun in Utah without a permit.

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5 Responses to Utah Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill Into Law

  1. Howard Rabon February 16, 2021 at 8:42 pm #

    I Am In SC And Have A CFP Issued From Utah To Cover Some States That Do Not Share With SC .
    How Does This Effect My UTAH CFP ?
    Is It Still Valid ?

    • Jacob Paulsen February 16, 2021 at 8:43 pm #

      This doesn’t have any impact on your UT CFP whatsoever.

  2. David Sigurdson February 17, 2021 at 6:07 pm #

    Does constitutional carry in the green states apply to residents of that state only or can visitors also carry?

    • Jacob Paulsen February 23, 2021 at 8:08 am #

      It varies by state but mostly it applies to both residents and non-residents

  3. Rusty Rider February 18, 2021 at 12:10 pm #

    I wish more States would follow suit! I would like to make a few comments about this article. The words “to KEEP, and BEAR arms” had a different incantation at the time it was written, than most people understand those words to mean now. To “KEEP” meant, at the time, to both own, AND carry. While, “BEAR” meant, “To present in good working condition, a usable MILITARY weapon, to any officer of your State’s “WELL REGULATED MILITIA.” While a person could KEEP a shotgun (for hunting), one could not BEAR a shotgun (for line-of-battle). To be a member of a State’s militia, most States required, that you BEAR a smooth bore musket, or rifle. This distinction has a major implication of our right to KEEP, and BEAR assault rifles. As Justice A. Scalia once lectured, “The legal standing of a private citizen to own an assault rifle, should not be in question. So long as that private citizen is not mentally deficient, a felon, or are using the assault rifle in a NON-MILITARY fashion.” (Mississippi art pavilion, 31 March 2001) To “BEAR” gives us the right to “Military-grade” firearms, i.e. assault rifles. (All CAPS, and/or, emphasis are mine.)

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