With the passing of constitutional carry in Utah we don’t need a Concealed Firearms Permit (CFP) to carry a fully loaded firearm, concealed or open, in public. Is that the end of the discussion?
No, that is not the end of the conversation. The conversation is much larger!
The first consideration is that with a CFP the permit holder has more freedom to carry than someone without the permit. If someone does not get the proper training provided in the CFP class, they may not know where they are not able to carry a firearm. Yes, there are still restrictions, do you know what they are?
The next consideration is that carrying a firearm in public increases the person’s responsibility in any interactions, regardless of even exposing a firearm. This requires a mindset that is taught in training. Any interaction is an armed interaction without respect to the actual use of a firearm. The prosecutor knows that, do you? Don’t expose yourself to a charge felony assault.
Finally, consider travel. While many states (~21) are constitutional carry, not all of them allow non-residents to carry. With the Utah CFP, you are legal to carry concealed in 37 states. If you inadvertently cross over to Idaho or Nevada and do not have a CFP, you can be prosecuted for a firearms violation.
I am an Air Force Combat Veteran, Certified by the NRA and USCCA as well as the state of Utah.