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Utah Poised To Remove Concealed Weapon Permit Requirements

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah gun owners would be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit under a bill that passed the state Senate on Friday, leaving one procedural vote before it heads to the desk of a supportive Republican governor.

Several other states, including Tennessee, are considering similar measures backed by gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association. The bill would remove requirements to take a weapons course and undergo a background check to carry a hidden gun legally in public.

Gun-control groups say those steps keep people safer. But supporters of the bill say they are ineffective and undermine Second Amendment rights.