Concealed Carry Permits In Utah Is Governed By A State Constitution
State constitutions generally govern the ability to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit, however, not all states require them. There are just a few states – like Arizona, Vermont, and Alaska – which include what’s called “constitutional carry” laws in their legal structure, and a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm. There are other stipulations within constitutional carry, however, that demand that anyone carrying a concealed weapon identify it when in contact with any Peace Officer. Failure to do so can result in felony charges being filed. Make sure you know the laws in Utah.
Do you know the laws where you live in Utah, you may be able to take advantage of the streamlined application process that exists within “Shall Issue” states. The standard approval process usually includes a background check, one or more required classes, qualification with your firearm (safety and marksmanship), and paying the required fee. Currently, Utah, Nevada, and Florida are the easiest states to obtain a Shall Issue CCW.
While obtaining a Concealed Carry permit requires an application for most citizens, even when acquiring one, it doesn’t mean that it is free from restrictions. For instance, in Utah you may only be allowed to carry a revolver rather than a semi-automatic pistol, or you may only be allowed to carry a specific caliber of firearm. Additionally, you may have to undergo testing for proficiency regarding weapon safety and marksmanship, and in some instances, your CCW permissions may be limited to the county or city where the permit was issued. Where proficiency testing does occur, it usually happens on either an annual or semi-annual basis.
There are three types of Concealed Carry in States, Shall Issue, May Issue, and Constitutional Carry
Although some issuers of CCWs are not as strict as others, acquiring a CCW in Utah may not be an easy process. There are “Shall Issue” states and “May Issue” states, ( and Constitutional Carry which do not require any permit) and if your state happens to be a “May Issue” state, then the local authorities are generally given discretion as to whether they believe it should be issued or not. However, no matter which type of issuance your state’s laws command, you will still have to go through a lengthy application process. In most locales, this means a long application requiring extensive information, some may also require a convincing letter that provides justification for your need of a Concealed Carry permit, and possible an oral interview as well.
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Utah, state constitution states: The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the State as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms.
Utah is known for having the least number of gun control laws and some of the more permissive of any state is the United States. Utah is also known for being a strong supports of the 2nd amendment. A 2013 study that found a positive correlation between gun control legislation and a decline in firearm fatalities ranked Utah the single lowest among all 50 states in the category of gun control laws and legislation. Under Utah law, violent crimes with firearms, criminal possession of firearms, and criminal negligence with firearms may all be prosecuted as felonies. Utah has a very responsible and just approach to crimes involving gun use.
School districts and charter schools in Utah may have one very important difference outside of academic standards and student performance, Utah has always allowed guns in the classroom! State laws bar public elementary, middle and high schools from establishing “gun free” zones. (Think you would ever see this in California or New York?)
The “gun free” zones rules would otherwise keep teachers and administrators with valid concealed weapons permits from bringing their firearms into the classroom. In Utah, every educator and public school employee can carry on school grounds, if they have a permit (A state issued CCW) enabling them to do so. In the last two years many educators have taken CCW classes and are in fact carrying firearms in their classrooms. (Living in Utah and having kids in the school system makes me feel that my kids are in a safer environment as every teacher can protect my kids from a crazed and evil individual)
There are those in Utah that want the state to be a “Constitutional Carry” state, in that as long as you are a resident of the state you can carry without the need for formal training, and with no permit. Although we at US Precision Defense are staunch supports of the 2nd amendment we feel that if the state does adopt such a position that proper firearms training classes be considered and that the curriculum includes time committed to learning all aspects of gun ownership, gun marksmanship, gun safety, and all gun related laws. We support responsible and educated gun ownership.
Utah, does have gun control laws contrary to what some of its residents believe. The following are four things anyone living in Utah needs to know in regards the current gun laws.
First, Utah is an “Open Carry” state allows for citizens of the state to openly carry an unloaded firearm without a concealed firearm permit. To be classified as "unloaded," the firearm must not have a round in the "firing position" and the firearm must have at least two "mechanical actions" before firing. The firearm cannot be concealed, but must be clearly visible at all times. In some jurisdictions within the state individuals doing so have been arrested and charged with “Disorderly Conduct” There is legislation being drafted to clarify the law and prevent overzealous prosecutors from charging disorderly conduct to citizens who are compliant with the current law.
Second, Carrying a concealed firearm on one’s person requires a state issued CCW permit (Utah recognizes all other states CCW permits under the reciprocity agreements) Utah also has designated areas where a concealed gun cannot be carried and especially areas designated as “Secure Areas”.
Third, Carrying in a vehicle; Utah law allows for residents to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle if they are at least 18 years old and have lawful possession or consent of the person who has lawful possession of the vehicle. However, the weapon cannot be a rifle, shotgun or a muzzle-loading rifle. Meaning only a handgun.
Fourth, Minors carrying a gun, State law requires that an individual be at least 21 years old before they can apply for a concealed weapon permit. A minor under the age of 18 cannot legally possess a firearm unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or has permission to have the weapon. A minor under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent.
The preceding is only a partial listing of the laws and needs to researched in full to understand the complete intent of Utah firearm laws. A complete listing of the Utah gun laws can be found on our website, US Precision Defense, LLC