The sensitive issue of guns in and around schools -- long a touchy issue in Utah -- is being raised again by a state House representative known for his 2nd Amendment stands.
Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, has introduced HB70, a bill that removes the 1,000-foot no-carry zone around a public school.
In addition, it exempts from the law preschools and childcare facilities, where guns could now be carried.
Oda, an insurance agent who also teaches concealed weapons classes, said Utah needs to take off the 1,000 foot requirement for someone not licensed by carry a concealed weapon for several reasons.
“There’s a gun store down on Redwood Road, if you get out of your car” with your gun and you don’t have a concealed weapons permit “you are breaking the law,” said Oda.
All around the store, within 1,000 feet, are several schools, he added.
“Other western states don’t have this 1,000 foot perimeter,” he added. “We need to move this (no-carry) provision to the perimeter of the school itself.
Properly-licensed concealed weapons permit holders can still carry their weapons into public schools, that is not changed in the bill, he added.