SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Two bills that addresses both domestic violence and guns move forward on Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol.
The first bill would make some exceptions to concealed carry laws for domestic violence victims.
House Bill 243 would allow victims to carry a concealed weapon without a permit for a limited time while he or she goes through the certification process.
People with strong opinions on both sides lined up to address the house law enforcement and criminal justice committee.
The bill passed on a 6-4 vote and will now be considered by the full House.
The second bill, House Bill 325 would require law enforcement agencies to report certain information related to domestic violence, like when an offender fails a background check to purchase a gun.
The goal is to get more information on how agencies are handling these cases.
The vast majority of people testified in favor of the bill, saying it would lead to good data.
One concern is that it is limited to domestic violence offenders and not all criminals.
The bill passed committee on a unanimous vote and is off to the full house.
Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465). If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately