Utah “shall sign” bill goes to governor

The American Silencer Association is reporting that a bill that would make Utah a “shall sign” state for NFA purposes has cleared both houses of the state legislature and is headed for the governor’s desk.


Just before midnight on Thursday, the Utah State Senate voted unanimously to pass ASA backed House Bill 373, with amendment, by a final tally of 27 – 0 – 2. Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R-7) and Sen. Mark Madsen (R-13), the bill seeks to ensure that law abiding citizens within the state would receive their CLEO signature within 15 days of submitting their NFA application.

Following its passage by the Senate, it was then sent to the House for concurrence. At 11:50 PM local time, with ten minutes to spare before the midnight deadline, the House voted to accept the amendment, which reinstated the 15 day time period, and unanimously passed HB 373 by a final vote count of 68 – 0 – 7.

Although the bill was passed by both houses of the legislature without opposition and is expected to be signed into law, the ASA is encouraging Utahns to contact Governor Gary Herbert to voice their support for HB 373.