Utah lawmaker wants concealed carry permits for 18-year-olds

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A Utah lawmaker wants to drop the legal age for a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18 years old.

Republican State Rep. Karianne Lisonbee is sponsoring House Bill 198 because she says a group of female college students approached her — saying they felt unsafe on campus.

“It’s time for us to allow our 18-year-olds that are going to college, and our 19-year-olds that are going to college, to protect themselves,” said Lisonbee.

“That permit allows them to conceal carry anywhere that a regular permit would allow, except on K-12 school grounds,” Lisonbee added.

Her bill is here: https://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/hbillint/HB0198.pdf

Lisonbee says 17 other states allow concealed carry permits for those between 18 and 21 years old.

One of the students who approached her is Hannah Coleman, a 19-year-old student at Utah State University Eastern.

“They say about 20 to 25 percent of women, college aged, face assault on campus,” said Coleman.

“I felt that, if we have all of these legal rights as adults at 18 years old, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to take training to get a concealed carry permit, as well,” added Coleman.

The bill will get a committee hearing next week.

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