On March 1, House Bill 76, sponsored by state Representative John Mathis (R-55), passed in the state House of Representatives by a 51-18 vote after being amended in the House.  The current version would allow any person, 21 years of age or older who can lawfully own and possess a firearm, to carry an unloaded (per Utah Code) concealed firearm without a permit.  While this is a scaled-back version, it is still a step in the right direction.  HB 76 is now awaiting a committee assignment in the Senate.

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