Utah's Governor Says He'd Veto Permit-less Concealed Carry Bill Again

Mar 3, 2015

Utah's governor says he would veto a resurrected bill that would allow anyone over 21 to carry an unloaded, concealed gun without a permit.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he thinks Utah's gun laws work well as they are.

A Senate committee voted 4-1 on Tuesday morning to approve the proposal, which now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

It mirrors a similar one introduced by a House Republican earlier this year.

That lawmaker, Rep. Curtis Oda, agreed to withdraw his proposal as part of a deal with Herbert.

Herbert vetoed a similar proposal two years ago.

Without a permit, Utah residents can openly currently carry an unloaded weapon. A gun is considered unloaded in Utah if there's no round in the chamber.