Concealed Carry State Laws In Utah
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Utah refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Utah are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Utah
While in Utah there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Utah the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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