Utah House Passes Lowering Age of Concealed Carry Applicants

This week a Republican freshman legislator from Clearfield Karianne Lisonbee introduced a bill that would lower the age of applying for a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18 in the state of Utah. She says the idea for her bill, HB 198, was brought to her by a group of young women who want to defend themselves from rape.

“Because most Utah college campuses don’t allow open carry, 18-20-year-old adults cannot carry a weapon on most college campuses unless they obtain a concealed carry permit,” she told members of the Utah House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Currently, an applicant for a concealed carry permit must be at least 21 years old. Lisonbee’s bill would allow someone between the ages of 18 and 20 to apply for a provisional concealed carry permit.

Democrats opposed the bill, pointing to data that shows violence on college campuses is likely to increase if there are more firearms around. Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Taylorsville, teaches at Salt Lake Community College and says she sometimes worries for her safety as it is.

“I think it would impact us in the classroom,” Kwan said.” I know it would impact me, thinking that there might be some students there who have concealed weapons on campus.”

Republican Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, rose in support of the bill. She cited a different study that says the use of a weapon greatly decreases the likelihood of a completed rape.

“The best conclusion from available scientific data is that when avoidance of a rape has failed, (and) one must choose between being raped and resisting, a woman’s best option is to resist with a gun in her hand,” Coleman said.

In the end, HB 198 passed the House by a vote of 63-12, split down party lines. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

About Craig Martin

Craig Martin grew up in the unincorporated town of Lewis, Wisconsin. From a young age, Craig was introduced to guns, as he was tasked with defending his backwood home’s wiring from a scourge of red squirrels.

Ever the animal lover, though; Craig couldn’t let these creatures die needlessly. So he would take his kills and leave them for the foxes, coyotes, and bears to eat at a deer feeder his grandfather built around their home.

His lifestyle made Craig understand that guns are a tool and ever since, has spread the word about how firearms are not a menace, like the red squirrel, but an item to help people. He instils this in every article he writes for USA Firearm Training.

1 Comment

  1. Jan on February 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Real studies have proven that Cc reduces crime. Look at Kennessaw GA.

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