Utah Senate Passes Amended Constitutional Carry Bill
On February 9, 2021, the Utah Senate passed HB 60, the Constitutional Carry bill being proposed for the state.
The bill was passed in the House by a 54-19 vote and in the Senate by a 22-6 vote.
As Dean Weingarten of AmmoLand noted, Utah will likely be the 17th or 18th state to pass Constitutional Carry. Montana is the other state that is likely to pass Constitutional Carry. Montana Governor Greg Gianforte also strongly desires passing Constitutional Carry bill, HB 102.
Governor Greg Gianforte of Montana has been reported as saying that he wishes the Montana Constitutional Carry bill, HB102, to be the first bill he signs into law.
Constitutional Carry is the basic concept that lawful individuals have a right to carry a firearm without a permit. Vermont has had Constitutional Carry for the longest period of time, after a State Supreme Court decision, State v. Rosenthal, in 1903 declared that the city of Rutland, Vermont’s prohibition on open carry without a permit was unconstitutional.
Since then, 15 other states have passed Constitutional Carry.
Weingarten listed off the states that have passed Constitutional Carry in chronological order:
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
By the month’s end, Utah and Montana’s passage of Constitutional Carry will bring the Constitutional Carry count to 18 in America.
This battle is part of a broader state-level campaign where gun owners have organically stood up to gun controllers by banding together and scoring gradual wins at the local and state level. America First nationalists could learn a thing or two about these movements.