The new law, which passed as HB 198 with broad support, establishes a provisional permit system that those at least 18 but not yet 21 can use to carry a concealed handgun. In a press conference prior to the signing, Hebert compared it to military service.
“Juxtapose that over people we put in the military to carry M16s and other weapons with the intent of defending our freedoms and killing people,” said the Governor. “If they’re old enough to do that they’re probably old enough to get some training and carry a concealed weapon.”
According to statistics maintained by the state, 239,296 Utah residents had active concealed firearms permits as of Dec. 31, 2016. Standard permits are $37 and are good for five years.
Utah is one of eight states recognized by the National Conference of State Legislatures as allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses.