Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Utah

Women And Handgun Shooting Utah UT

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Utah, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Utah, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Utah?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Utah who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Utah. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Utah

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Utah and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Utah, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Utah that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

For More Information Pick Your State

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