Utah's 2021 Legislative Session started January 19th and ended at  midnight Friday March 5th.

THANK YOU to all the USSC members and supporters, and other gun rights activists who showed up for hearings, sent emails or texts, or made calls in 2021.

EXCELLENT SESSION!
EIGHT USSC supported bills were passed and will become law if signed by Governor Cox, including "Common Sense Carry" also known as "Constitutional Carry."

TWO bills opposed by USSC were stopped.

Two USSC supported bills were passed by the House, but died in the Senate


BILL DETAILS-  Click on the bill number in the first column for full text and status.   This opens the official state page with full text of the bill.

Number

Title

Sponsor

USSC
Position/ Status

Comments/Current status

Joint Resolution Amending Rules of Criminal Procedure on Preliminary Examinations

Rep. Christine Watkins

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOV SIGNS.

This bill is "the other piece of the puzzle" needed by HB 227 (Self Defense Amendments) which will forced dismissal of frivolous lawsuits in legal self defense situations.
BOTH bills were passed.
2/22 Passed by House 58-13-4.
3/5 Passed by Senate 25-0-4
Awaiting signature by Governor.

Joint Resolution Affirming the Legislature's Commitment to the Second Amendment

Rep. Doug Sagers

SUPPORT
Dead for session- failed to pass originating chamber

This bill:
▸ affirms the sovereignty of the state in matters dealing with powers not granted to the federal government;
▸ affirms the right to keep and bear arms as a fundamental right protected by the Bill of Rights and the Utah State Constitution; and
▸ affirms the importance of protecting the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
3/2 Awaiting action by House

Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments

Rep. Walt Brooks

SUPPORT
Signed into law!

2/12 Signed into law by Governor Cox, and will become effective May 5, 2021. "Common Sense Carry," or "Constitutional Carry." Any law abiding citizen who can legally carry a firearm openly can put on a jacket and conceal their legal firearm.
This does NOT eliminate the option of getting a concealed firearm permit for anyone wanting to have the advantage to carry in other states.

Thank you to everyone who worked on this bill for the last seven years. Special thanks to the 23 Senators and 51 Representatives who voted in favor of the bill. Please remember who they are when campaign season rolls around and they look for volunteers to help their campaigns.

To help educate people who want to carry concealed without getting a permit, we encourage people to take one of the classes offered by numerous instructors.
USSC is working on adding a variety of training materials on the USSC website which various people have recommended. (NOTE: USSC does not endorse any specific training other than by state certified instructors. Mention of any specific material will be for information only and the user is solely responsible for determining if the information is appropriate for their needs.)

HB 61

 

Concealed Carry Exemption During State of Emergency

Rep. Cory Maloy

NEUTRAL
Not needed due to HB 60 passage.

Suspends the need for a Conceealed Weapons Permit during a declared emergency.
2/12- This bill is not needed after passage of HB 60.

Firearm Preemption Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

SUPPORT
No action by Senate so bill did not pass.

Clarifies that Counties, cities, etc cannot make gun laws or require background checks not required by state law, and provides penalties for violations. (Yes, this is a smack down of Salt Lake County's attempt to impose firearms restrictions by telling their contractor, who runs the county owned Mountain American Expo Center, to require gun show promoters to conduct universal background checks or they cannot rent the facility. Shame on the SL County Mayor Jenny Wilson and District Attorney Sim Gill for the clear violation of the intent of existing state law!) 2/23 Passed by full House 56-16-3. 2/23 the Salt Lake County Council voted to ENDORSE HB 76!
    Thank you Council members for supporting the rule of law! 2/23 Passed by House 56-16-3 3/5 Senate failed to act so the bill was not passed.

Prohibited Persons Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOV SIGNS.

Requires specific notification of people convicted of crimes that they cannot legally have any firearms and that they must dispose of any they have.
2/18- Passed by full House 70-2-3.
3/5 Passed by Senate 24-0-5
Awaiting signature by Governor.

HB 200

 

Firearm Safe Harbor Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOV SIGNS.

Modifies provisions so that a gun owner or someone living with them can request police take a firearm for safe keeping if they believe anyone in the household may use it as a danger to self or others. And, that the police must return the firearm upon request by the owner.
2/19 Passed by House 63-4-8.
3/4 Passed by Senate 24-5-0
Awaiting signature by Governor.

HB 205

 

Universal Background Checks for Firearms

Rep. Brian King

OPPOSE
Dead for session- failed to pass originating chamber

The same bad ideas we have opposed in the past, which would force every gun transfer into a federal database, basically a de facto universal gun and gun owner registration scheme. They almost never prosecute criminals who illegally try to buy guns, so this is not about stopping crime. Historically, gun registration is eventually used for gun confiscation.
In addition, this scheme actually imposes a "poll tax" for the background check so you can exercise the right to keep and bear arms, with no limit on what a dealer can charge, on top of the mandatory state background check fee. This is a BAD BILL, much loved by all the anti-gun people, but with no real crime fighting benefits.

1/19 Assigned to House Rules Committee

Firearms Amendments

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOV SIGNS.

Changes to Provisional (emergency) Concealed Weapons permit applications and where carry.
2/22 Passed by House 71-0-4.
3/4 Passed by Senate 28-0-1/
AWAITING GOVERNOR'S SIGNNATURE

HB 227 4th Substitute

 

Self Defense Amendments

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOVERNOR SIGNS

Provides a automatic defense for justifiable use of force or threatened use of force, which, if raised, must be overcome before proceeding to trial.
2/22 Passed by House 56-16-3.
3/4 Passed by Senate 22-5-2
AWAITING GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE

HB 258

 

Firearm Safety in Schools

Rep. Rex Shipp

SUPPORT Senate did not act, so bill was not passed.

Proposes a voluntary three year trial program offering firearms safety Phys ed class at a few schools (probably Hunter Education type).
2/19 Passed by House 47-21-7.
2/24 Hearing and "Held" by Senate Education Committee (4-1-2), often a tactic to kill a bill. The educators don't like anyone teaching kids about gun safety, but would rather ban them.
3/5 No action by full Senate, so bill did not pass.

HB 267

 

Voluntary Lethal Means Restrictions Amendments

Rep. Steve Eliason

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOV SIGNS.

Allows an individual to voluntarily be put on the list of people restricted from purchasing a firearm for up to 180 days. Proposed as a suicide prevention measure, and strictly voluntary.

2/19 Passed by House 66-0-9.
3/5 Passed by Senate 17-9-3
Awaiting signature by Governor.

Workplace Violence Protective Orders

Sen. Todd Weiler

OPPOSE

This is a sneaky variation of a "Red Flag Bill" based on vaguely defined "workplace violence" to restrict firearms purchase or possession using the provisions of the dating violence protective orders in section 78B-7-404. This is not just a ban on a violent person taking a gun to work, but a blanket restriction on purchase or possession anywhere- for hunting, a collection, or legal self defense at home. NOTE- If lines 201-205 were removed, eliminating the gun purchase restriction, this would be a good bill.
1/25 Approved by Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee 7-0-0
2/3 Substitute bill approved by full Senate 29-0-0
Awaiting Action by Full House

SJR 15

 

Joint Resolution on Presidential Executive Orders

Sen. David Hinkins

SUPPORT
WILL BECOME LAW WHEN GOVERNOR SIGNS.

This joint resolution recognizes and encourages adherence to the proper separation of powers and principles of federalism with regard to certain presidential executive orders.
3/2 Passed by Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee 5-0-3
3/4 Passed by Senate 24-3-2.
3/5 Passed by House 57-14-4.
Awaiting signature by Governor.

 

 

Firearm Possession Amendments

Rep. Travis Seegmiller

Dead for session- failed to pass originating chamber

Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Concealed Carry Permit Amendments

Rep. Candice Pierucci

N/A Bill abandoned

Bill request only, no details released
BILL ABANDONDED FOR THIS SESSION

 

 

Gun-Free Zone Amendments

Sen. Steve Christiansen

N/A Bill abandoned

Bill request only, no details released
BILL ABANDONDED FOR THIS SESSION

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