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Lawmakers pass bill on concealed, loaded weapons

Lawmakers pass bill on concealed, loaded weapons

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers have voted to allow loaded guns in cars and homes without requiring a concealed weapons permit.

House Bill 357, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, would allow anyone without a criminal record to carry a concealed loaded gun in their car or someone else's car with consent from its owner.

The bill would exempt gun owners from concealed weapons permit requirements if the firearms are kept only in their vehicle, home or on their property.

The bill was amended in the Senate to restrict minors from carrying firearms in vehicles and to add language that loaded rifles or shotguns still can't be carried in a vehicle.

The House concurred with the Senate amendments 63-8 on Wednesday. The bill will now be sent to the governor.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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