Utah Gov Supports Stricter Concealed Gun Permits

September 25, 2009 - 12:27 PM
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he doesn't want his state to be a national clearinghouse for concealed weapons permits.
Salt Lake City (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he doesn't want his state to be a national clearinghouse for concealed weapons permits.
 
In the fiscal year that ended in June, just over 50 percent of the state's concealed weapons applicants were from outside Utah. Utah's permit is considered one of the most valuable in the country because it is accepted in nearly three dozen states.
 
Herbert told reporters during a taping of his monthly KUED news conference that will air Friday night he's concerned about the state's ability to track permit holders outside of Utah.
 
In Utah, law enforcement officials continually check criminal records against a list of permit holders, but they don't have the ability to do that with every other state.