HB76 could very soon become the law of the land in Utah. The bill passed both the House and Senate in Utah and waits the governor’s veto or signature. The so called “Constitutional Carry” would allow concealed weapons to be carried without a permit. We have seen charges filed against some individuals in recent years for carrying a gun or other weapon in a concealed manner without being a permit holder. Utah is already an open carry state, meaning anyone who is not a restricted person can carry a weapon in plain view. However, this bill would take that one step further and also allow individuals to carry in the pocket, under a jacket, or in any other concealed manner.
Will the Bill Become Law?
The bill has yet to be signed into law by the governor and it is not yet known if the governor intends to veto the bill or not. In the past, Governor Herbert has explained he believes the gun laws in Utah are not broken and do not require any amendments or change. Therefore, many believe he will veto the bill. However, the bill is greatly favored by his republican party and was passed by slightly more than a 2/3 majority in each house. Even if the bill is rejected by the governor, it would still likely become the law of the land if the house and senate vote to override the veto. All that is required is a 2/3 majority to override the governors veto. Since the bill already passed the legislature with this majority, it seems likely to win out. That is unless at least a few of the elected officials change their minds.
Gun Charges in Utah
Gun law in Utah has changed quite a bit over the last few years in Utah in the direction of lesser state regulations. However, we still speak with many individuals every year who face a gun related charge such as brandishing a weapon, assault related charges, or others. We provide free consultations to those accused with weapon related crimes. For more information, call and speak with a Provo Criminal Defense Lawyer at our office today.