Utah governor vetoes bill to carry concealed weapon

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A bill that would allow Utahans to carry a hidden, unloaded bill was vetoed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has a vetoed bill that would have allowed Utah residents to carry a hidden, unloaded gun without a permit.

The legislation was one of the most controversial to come out of the Utah Legislature this year.

In recent weeks, Herbert’s office has received thousands of phone calls and letters from supporters and opponents of the bill.

The bill would have allowed gun owners to carry a hidden weapon as long as it was unloaded. A permit would still be required to carry a hidden weapon on a school campus or to carry in another state that honors Utah’s concealed weapon permits.

A gun is considered unloaded in Utah if there’s no round in the chamber.

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