This morning, Governor Gary Herbert (R) vetoed the controversial HB76, a bill passed by the legislature this year that would have eliminated Utah’s current requirement that a person obtain a permit before they can conceal a gun in public. The legislature will now have to decide whether they have enough votes to override the veto.
In a letter to the legislature, Governor Herbert cited a lack of “any credible evidence that Utah’s current permit process constitutes a hardship.” He also told the press that he has received dozens of letters from law enforcement officers asking him to veto the legisation.
Before the bill passed a few weeks ago, Utah law said that while it is legal to openly carry a gun in Utah, anyone wishing to conceal a gun (in a purse or under a coat etc..) was required to take a concealed weapon training course for a permit, and go through a background check. Had the Governor signed HB76 into law, the permit and background check requirements for gun concealment would have been removed.
There’s little love lost between the Governor and the Legislature, and to override the veto, legislative leaders will need to come up with a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate (50 votes in the House, 20 votes in the Senate). The bill originally passed the House with 51 votes, and 22 in the Senate. But that doesn’t mean for sure that some legislators won’t change their minds and back out of the override vote, which Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser will likely happen sometime after April 3.
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