Back on July 2nd of last year, I put out a Newsletter about how a few
folks were 'gaming' the CHL system by taking advantage of the fact that
the State of Utah allows non-residents to obtain Utah concealed carry
licenses through a much abbreviated, and cheap, course of instruction.
While the Texas CHL classroom and shooting proficiency tests must be
conducted within the State of Texas, no similar restriction need be
observed to obtain a Utah license. The Utah course does not even
require an applicant to demonstrate that they know which end of the
barrel the bullet comes out of.
Well, get ready instructors and
holders of Utah licenses. It looks like the State of Utah is about
to plug the loophole. If passed, currently pending Utah Senate
Bill 0036S01 will require that:
(4)(a) In addition to meeting the other qualifications for
the issuance of a concealed firearm permit under this section, a
nonresident applicant shall:
(i) hold a current concealed firearm of concealed
weapon permit issued by the appropriate permitting authority of
the nonresident applicant's state of residency that recognize
the validity of the Utah permit in that state or has reciprocity
with Utah's concealed firearm permit law; and
submit a photocopy or electronic copy of the nonresident
applicant's current concealed firearm or concealed weapon permit
referred to in Subsection(4)(a)(i).
(b) A non-resident applicant who knowingly and willfully
provides false information to the bureau under Subsection (4)(a) is
prohibited from holding a Utah concealed firearm permit for a period
of 10 years.
(c) Beginning January 12, 2012, Subsection
(4)(a) also applies to an application for renewal of a concealed
firearm permit by a nonresident.
Note that Subsection (c) will effectively block
'grandfathering' of current licenses.
proposed in response to the fact that 2 states, New Mexico, and Nevada
had already rescinded their reciprocity agreements with Utah.
Passage of this substitute bill Senate Bill looks very likely.
Don't you just love it when folks play by the rules?