Utah governor considers changing Concealed Carry Law

This will dramatically increase the cost of permits for out of state residents. The Utah permit which is recognized around the country was the closest thing besides Florida to a national permit.

A lot of Utah's concealed carry permits go out of state, and Gov. Jon Huntsman doesn't see the benefit unless the law is changed to help tourism. He's considering the idea.

"Let's use it as a travel and tourism opportunity; have them come here to our state to go through the prerequisites here while staying in our hotels and dining in our restaurants," the governor said. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting that the Governor would put it this way. When my wife and I traveled to Salt Lake City, we had a very large itinerary during the week we were there. One item was for me to attend the CCW class for my permit. We also visited the copper mine and the Golden Spike Memorial. While there we stayed in a nice motel, ate in many nice restaurants, and bought a lot of souvenirs. Sounds like a lot of revenue for the state of Utah to me. But I'm just an aircraft mechanic, not a politician ....

7/03/2008 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They steal our freedom and then sell it back to us. Now they want us to have to pay for hotels and dining too. I guess it could be called "freedom tourism", but holding their freedom hostage to tourism is a pretty ugly thing to do to Americans.

7/03/2008 9:48 AM  
Blogger Mike Gallo said...

If out-of-state permits are such a burden on the system, it would make more sense to raise the fee slightly (and grandfather applications received before a certain day) to cover the shortfall, in my opinion. It sounds like they are trying to discourage the practice for people who get it so they can carry in states besides Utah, but not in Utah itself.

7/03/2008 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then I'll just get a Florida non-resident permit. The cost would be less than a UT non-res permit at that point. No travel to FL is required, just proof of training. The chief attraction of a UT permit at this point is the lower cost. It's pure economics. All the rational non-resident people will shift to FL.

9/11/2008 5:02 PM  

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