Utah Becomes the 17th Constitutional Carry State
On February 12, 2021, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed Constitutional Carry bill HB 60. With Cox’s signature, Utah became the 17th Constitutional Carry state in the nation.
Constitutional Carry is the concept that any lawful individual can carry a firearm without a permit. The bill was sponsored by Utah Representative Walt Brooks and specified that individuals who carry concealed weapons must be over 21 and legally able to own firearms in order to exercise the right to Constitutional Carry.
“We need to get back to trusting law-abiding citizens, and get rid of these regulations that are not doing any good,” Brooks said previously on 2News.
This law will go into effect on May 5.
The passage of this bill will strengthen Utah’s already solid gun laws. According to Guns and Ammo magazine’s recent rankings on gun-friendly states, Utah is ranked in 8th place.
Constitutional Carry is the right wing battle of our time. Before 2010, there were only 2 Constitutional Carry states. With Utah’s passage of Constitutional Carry, there are now 17 Constitutional Carry states. This number will likely go up to 18 with the imminent passage of this legislation in Montana.
There is a clear positive trend for this issue. Right-wingers should make it a goal to pass Constitutional Carry in every red state in America by 2020.