Utah issues record number of concealed gun permits
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah officials say the state is issuing a record-number of concealed gun permits this year.
Alice Moffat, chief of the Bureau of Criminal Identification, says the increase was spurred by a spike in applications in early 2013 that state officials believe was triggered by mass shootings across the country last year and talk of more gun control measures.
State figures show Utah has already issued more concealed gun permits this year than any of the previous nine years. The state expects to issue more than 135,000 by the end of the year — up from an average of about 75,000 the previous four years.
More than seven in 10 permits are issued to residents in other states. There are 35 other states that recognize Utah’s permit.