Utah AG wants to pass law letting concealed-carry permit holders carry guns in any state

Utah AG wants to pass law letting concealed-carry permit holders carry guns in any state (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV)- Utah’s Republican attorney general, Sean Reyes, wants Congress to pass a law allowing people with a concealed-carry permit to be able to legally carry a concealed gun in any state.

Currently, states pass their own laws deciding whether to recognize a concealed-carry permit from another state.

According to an article by The Salt Lake Tribune, "all but two Republican attorneys general suggested laws that prevent the nation’s more than 16 million concealed-weapons permit holders from carrying outside their home state infringe on the Second Amendment."

“Authorizing permit holders to carry across state lines will not result in an increased risk of crime,” the 24 attorneys general wrote. “Concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding members of society, and those states that allow for reciprocal concealed carry permits have not encountered any significant safety issues.”

According to a press release Friday from the National Rifle Association, Utah already recognizes permits from every state that issues them. Some states accept all permits, while others accept only the permits of residents from certain states, but not non-residents with permits.

The National Rifle Association reports that permits from Utah aren't recognized in Oregon, California, New Mexico, most East Coast states, Illinois and Michigan, but all other states currently accept Utah's gun permits.

“Our states have chosen to respect the rights of residents and non-residents alike to carry arms for their defense, the letter reads. “We ask Congress to protect the same rights of our law-abiding residents as they travel throughout the United States.”

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