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Open Carry Law Clarified in Utah Bill

Published on March 11, 2014 at 11:38AM

A new bill in Utah would clarify when it is appropriate for a person to openly carry a gun. The Deseret News reports that under HB276, which passed the House Monday, a person openly carrying a gun without criminal intent would not be grounds for a disorderly conduct charge. The bills states that having a holstered or encased firearm, whether visible or concealed, without behavior that would cause a reasonable person to believe the weapon was being carried illegally or with criminal intent does not constitute disorderly conduct.

Rep. Curt Oda of Clearfield, the bill’s sponsor, told the Deseret News that “(The bill) stops an officer from being able to charge someone for disorderly conduct just for the presence of the firearm.” Oda further said the bill isn’t about open or concealed carry of a gun, but said “This is about protecting the citizens from some overreach at times.”