Though Utah’s concealed-gun permit is popular among self-defense advocates nationwide – about half the permits are issued to residents of other states – an emergency change in rules will keep it from becoming equally popular around the globe, says the Salt Lake Tribune. About 1,000 citizens of foreign countries have earned Utah’s wallet identification card signifying they can pack a gun out of sight in Utah and any of 30 U.S. states that have a reciprocity agreement with Utah. The foreign Utah permit carriers came from places including Japan, Colombia, Mongolia, Switzerland, Mexico, and Germany. More than 400 of Utah’s permits are carried by Canadians. “Utah had become the state of choice for people who did not live in the United States but wanted to carry a gun in the country,” said Richard Wyss of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The issue came to a head when a firearms instructor told the state e was planning to teach Utah’s required concealed-carry classes in Israel. Non-U.S. residents were undergoing much less onerous background checks than even Utah residents to obtain these permits, an official said. Utah is denied access to the criminal record databases of foreign nations, so the checks came back, “No record found.” Last month, the state halted permits to nonresident foreigners.