Firearms Legislation

HB 112 Firearms Amendments

HB 112, is a “permitless carry” bill – or what we like to call “Second Amendment Exhibitionism”…because that’s exactly what it is. Rep. Perry’s extravagant bill would allow people to carry a concealed firearm without a permit(whereas now people have to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon). Perry even stated the law as it exists is “the government forcing me to do something that I don’t think the government should force me to do.”

In 2013, a similar bill was introduced and passed through the legislature before Gov. Herbert vetoed it. The Governor has already said he would veto the bill again if it was the same as the last one. Most Utahns are in agreement that those carrying concealed weapons should be required to hold a permit. Before the beginning of the legislative session, Rep. Brian King noted concerns relating to domestic violence and easily accessible weapons.

HB 237 Firearms and Domestic Violence

HB 237 established protectionary provisions, by the court, to prohibit domestic violence perpetrators from possessing firearms. The bill would require the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to inform local law enforcement when an individual on prohibitory notice attempts to obtain a firearm through a registered dealer. This bill also increases a domestic violence offense to a Class A misdemeanor when the perpetrator is equipt with a firearm or dangerous weapon.

However, included in this bill is a provision that would allow permitless concealed carry for individuals 21 years of age or older.

The statute is now waiting to be introduced to the Senate and has had its first reading in the Senate Rules Committee.

HB 206 Domestic Violence – Weapons Restrictions

This bill would extend Catagory II restricted persons from weaponry possession to include persons who are subject to a protective order or child protective order; and persons who have been convicted of assault or aggravated assault against a cohabitant.

HB 206 has passed the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee with a favorable recommendation.

Do you support any of these bills or find them upsetting? Contact your legislators and let them know you do not support Rep. Perry’s bill and hope they will do everything in their power to act against it. You can find their contact info here. Sending an email is easy, but the best method is to call or even text them.