The Utah house has approved a bill to lower the concealed carry permit in Utah from 21 years old to 18.
In Utah, those who are 18 to 20 are allowed to openly carry a firearm, but the proposed bill would allow for 18 year olds to concealed carry, rather than 21. It is believed that this new bill would benefit college students the most.
According to kutv.com, “Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee of Clearfield said she wants to ensure that younger college students can carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves from sexual assaults on campus.”
There are people against the bill, including Democratic Rep. Karen Kwan of Murray, who says “young people have less impulse control because their brains are still developing.” (qtd. In kutv.com).
According to Fox13now.com “the bill would give 18 to 20 year olds a permit to concealed carry if they complete a background check and fulfill certain requirements. Those with such a permit would not be allowed to concealed carry on or near the premises of elementary and secondary schools.”
The permit would expire when they turn 21.