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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Utah Legislative Committee Looking Into Carry Fee Increase

Utah gun owners are scratching their heads after a recent fee increase in first-time Utah concealed firearm permits by the state’s Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). BCI passed the increase unilaterally, without any of the necessary consideration or approval of the Utah legislature, and the increase went into effect Aug. 1.

A spokesperson told NRA that the increase is due to a change in the FBI’s fingerprint submission process—previously, BCI submitted fingerprints to FBI by mail, but now all fingerprints must be sent electronically. However, this answer raises more questions than it answers—how is it more expensive not to have to pay postage? And in any event, how could the change in FBI submission protocol be responsible, when the rule changed five years ago?

Fortunately, Second Amendment advocates will have the opportunity to ask these questions and any others at an upcoming Administrative Rules Review Committee hearing. The hearing is set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., in Room 445 of the State Capitol.