Local police wouldn't be able to charge a person with disorderly conduct for openly carrying a gun in public under a bill that moved closer to final passage Wednesday.
Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said HB49 was not being opposed by police because of an amendment under which law enforcement officers would have the right to question an armed individual.
Police organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police were split on the controversial measure. Some police believe the measure would make it harder for them to avert potentially dangerous situations. Others saw it as a gun-rights issue.