Utah's Governor wants to prevent out of state residents from getting Utah permits

Utah's Governor is pushing for a change in their permitting laws. If the permit fees aren't covering the costs of renewal, that seems easy to fix. As to monitoring certified instructors in other states, that seems easy to fix by just requiring that they are certified by the state that they are in and requiring that they show proof of good standing ever so often. Anyway, Utah isn't the only state that offers this option for nonresidents.

The governor told a news conference the other day that he's all for Utah standing tall for the Second Amendment. But he thinks what happens in Utah, in terms of concealed-carry permits, should stay in Utah.

He said he doesn't want the Beehive State to be the wholesale clearinghouse for anyone outside the state who wants a permit, particularly when the state can't track an outlander's activities and he might do something "inappropriate." The governor's right. . . .

Under the principle of reciprocity, Utah's concealed-carry permit is recognized in 33 other states. Because Utah's permit is relatively cheap ($65.25, plus the cost of photos and a one-session training course), and the class is rudimentary, out-of-staters have made a run on Utah permits. So far this year, the state has received 57,000 applications for permits, and for the first time, the state issued more permits to people from outside the state than to Utahns in the fiscal year ended June 30. At that time, Utah was riding herd on about 177,000 active permits.

The situation with instructors is similar. Last fiscal year there were 516 certified instructors outside the state and only 346 inside it. . . .

Thanks to Michael Rash for the link.



Blogger ged said...

All Utah instructors have to first be certified as either NRA or police firearms instructors. They have to teach a curriculum specified by the state (as a minimum), and have to attend a half day orientation class (held only in Utah) before becoming certified and again before renewal every 3 years. While a lot of out-of-state applicants get a Utah permit for use in other states, a significant number also get it for use in Utah. That's hardly surprising, given that a big percentage of the tourist trade in Utah centers around hunting, fishing, camping, skiing and other outdoor activities. Quite predictably, I see a lot of hype about risks and problems, but absolutely no evidence.

9/30/2009 9:27 AM  
Blogger Rail Claimore said...

Florida will be REALLY happy if this politician gets his way.

9/30/2009 8:09 PM  

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