A new poll from UtahPolicy.com and Dan Jones & Associates shows that the majority of Utahns are against the constitutional carry measure, or the ability to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
Rep. Lee Perry, Box Elder County, plans to introduce a bill he calls common sense carry, which would allow Utahns to carry a concealed weapon even without a permit, as is the current setup in 11 states which already have similar laws on the books. But according to recent polling, gaining public support is an uphill battle in Utah.
And it’s not just the civilian populace that could be a hurdle, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed a similar bill in 2013 and was adamant he would veto similar bills if they came up again.
More than 500,000 people currently have concealed weapon permits from the Utah Department of Public Safety, but only about 40 percent of those belong to Utahns. The rest go to folks from out of the state.
According to the recent poll, 75 percent of Utahns believe a permit should be required for a concealed carry handgun.
Rep. Perry argues that under current Utah law, citizens can openly carry a weapon without a permit. He said common sense suggests that if someone can have a gun on their hip, then they should be able to carry one more discretely as well.