Utah House OKs disorderly conduct gun bill

Friday , March 14, 2014 - 3:51 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers have given their final approval to a bill specifying that simply carrying a gun is not against state law.

The House voted Thursday to approve tweaks made earlier in the Senate.

The proposal stipulates that carrying a firearm in a holster or case does not count as disorderly conduct.

Bill proponents say the measure is needed because some gun owners have been charged merely for carrying the weapons, even though they didn’t make threatening gestures or comments.

Critics of the measure say it could give too much leeway to those charged for carrying the weapons in a dangerous manner. They say it could allow such gun owners to argue their actions were misunderstood.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1oUzNfT) the measure goes to the governor for final approval.

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