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