The age that a person can conceal weapons in Utah has lowered from 21 to 18. Many question if these new privileges make young adults safer or if it endangers others. Some fear that young adults with a lack of impulse control could cause wrongful death through irresponsible shooting.
A Plight for Protection
Some 18 year olds explained that they were unable to conceal a gun on campus to protect their selves against assault or rape. Since cases like these have occurred on many campuses in the Salt Lake City area, supporters of the new law agree that it is necessary to give them the privilege to conceal.
Weapon Possession Laws
Many young adults submitted the argument that they are old enough to buy a weapon, serve in the military and vote so why should they be denied the freedom to conceal carry?
Under the new law, an attorney cannot defend young adults who conceal carry unless they have received a concealed weapons permit. If young adults need to use a concealed weapon to prevent personal injury or death, the new law allows a lawyer to defend them if they are certified.
Many of those who opposed them for reasons of having less impulse control might also apply those same arguments to gun ownership of young adults ages 18 to 20. Others ask, since young adults already have so much freedom to carry a weapon why do they need the ability to conceal?
Potential for Violence
If young adults are able to obtain a concealed carry license, there is a predicament whether their ability to conceal would create more violence. On the other hand, many believe that since young adults already had the ability to carry guns, they potential to cause wrongful death hasn’t increased.
Many wonder if allowing students to conceal carry on campus would increase the possibility of school shootings. If it is true that students 18 to 20 have less impulse control than many wonder if an attorney should be able to defend them for concealing a gun into classrooms and assemblies.
Concealed Carry Training
Young adults who conceal carry are trained in the proper use of a firearm. Many of these courses have a lawyer or a certified instructor explain the lawful use of a firearm. Young adults will also receive training on using restraint and the proper use of a firearm.
Those who conceal carry go through background checks and obtain a legal license. Young adults with concealed weapons may make them less likely to cause wrongful death than their peers who choose to open carry without training.