I got this from GOUtah!:
SB 175 from the 2205 General session would eliminate the prohibition on a person without a concealed weapons permit having a technically "loaded" or "concealed" firearm in his vehicle or a "concealed" firearm in his home.
Here is some info on the recent action on this bill:
A very nice victory For the first time that I recall, maybe the first time ever (someone with a longer/better memory will need to correct me), a pro-RKBA bill will be introduced into a Utah general legislative session as a â€œcommittee bill,â€ having come out of an interim committee hearing with a positive recommendation.
During the 2005 general session, Senator Mark Madsen introduced SB 175, â€œWeapons Amendments.â€ The bill does three things: 1-It eliminates the prohibition on having a â€œloadedâ€ (as that term is defined in Utah statute) firearm in a car; 2-It eliminates the prohibition on having a concealed firearm in a car; 3-It makes what we consider to be a technical correction by eliminating current language that could be interpreted as prohibiting a concealed weapon inside your own home, on your own property, or within a business under your control.
A concealed weapons permit already exempts a person from these provisions. This bill would exempt those without permits, making Utah a true, â€œextended domainâ€ or â€œunlicensed car carryâ€ State.
Given Utahâ€™s unique definition of â€œloaded,â€ and the various ways in which a firearm can be legally kept out of sight without being considered legally â€œconcealed,â€ the actual effect of this bill is fairly small. But the significance is not to be underestimated.
SB 175 died for lack of time during the 2005 general session, but was referred to interim committee for further study. Sen. Madsen did a great job of preparing for the hearing. And committee chair Sen. Chris Buttars gave plenty of time to explain the bill, and answer some hostile questions from two committee members. Representatives from GOUtah!, the NRA, and several individuals were on hand with prepared statements or presentations in support of the bill, though only the GOUtah! representative and one individual were able to speak today. No one opposed to the bill seemed to be in attendance.
With either one or two committee members absent for the vote, there were only two NAY votes (form perpetually anti-RKBA democrat house members), with all other committee members voting AYE. That is roughly an 11-2-1 vote. The bill will now advance to the General Session as a "committee bill" sponsored by Sen. Madsen. The number will change, but for now SB 175 from the 2005 general session is adequate. Text of the bill may be seen here. The official vote will be available at a link on this page once the minutes for today's hearing are posted.
Finally, for any interested in listening to the hearing, a RealAudio recording is available at this legislative link <http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2005&Com=INTLAW>. Fast forward to 51:00 minutes to start just before Sen. Madsen introduces the bill.
Our thanks to Sen. Madsen, Senate Chair Chris Buttars, and all those who voted in favor of this common sense bill.