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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state agency that issues concealed gun permits has caught up with a backlog of more than 10,000 applicants. Utah has what gun rights supporters call the most sought-after weapon permit in America.
Nearly half of the 28,000 permits issued this year will go to out-of-state residents. Utah has issued more than 100,000 concealed gun permits since the program began in the early 1990s.
Ed McConkie, chief of the Bureau of Criminal Identification, says that some rule changes, including one that allows the BCI to keep the fees it collects for concealed weapon permits, has allowed the agency to catch up on its backlog of background checks.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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