There are few people in Utah politics that are as pro-gun as Carl Wimmer. After all, he did push Utah to become the first state to officially have a state gun.
But when the former state lawmaker and recent congressional candidate landed a job as political director for the Nevada Republican Party, there appeared to be a strong likelihood he'd be unable to conceal carry his firearm once he crossed into the state.
That's because Nevada stopped recognizing Utah's concealed weapons permit in 2009 - a move that raised the ire of lawmakers.
Wimmer said the change was a financial move and that states like Nevada were tired of their residents paying for a Utah concealed weapons permit instead of getting one in their own state.
But Wimmer will still be able to conceal carry in Nevada, according to Clark Aposhian of the Utah Shooting Sports Council.
That's because about a year ago, Wimmer got an Arizona concealed weapons permit - which is recognized in Nevada. For Nevada to recognize a concealed weapons permit from a state, that state must include a live-firing component for prospective permit holders.
Utah doesn't require a live-fire component.
Aposhian said the rule in Nevada is a reason why Utah residents are getting Arizona permits. With that in place, Wimmer can conceal and carry in Nevada without a problem.
"I appreciate the concern," Wimmer said with a laugh while as he drove to his new job in Las Vegas. "But I'm OK."