SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Senate is considering a bill that would change the conceal carry age from 21 to 18. Those in favor of the bill hope it will prevent more women from becoming victims of sexual assault.
18 to 20-year-olds would receive a special permit as long as they meet the requirements outlined by the bill. Darrin Mellor, a conceal carry instructor and owner of Mellor Tactical, said he quite often gets asked by young women if they can take his conceal carry class before they turn 21. According to Mellor, these young women feel the need for added protection when they’re alone at night. Mellor also expressed his opinion that adults in this age group deserve the right to conceal carry.
“… They have to register for the draft and possibly even go to war and defend this Constitution, but we don’t let the Second Amendment of the Constitution apply to them. I think that’s wrong,” Mellor said.
Opponents of the bill say the brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 21, which they think could lead to irrational decision making.
If the bill passes, it still will not allow people to carry a firearm around elementary schools or on privately owned property like the campus of Brigham Young University.
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