Utah Gun Laws

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Utah gun laws are regarded as permissive however a permit is still required to carry a concealed firearm. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents who are 21 or older, have completed a firearms training course and meet other criteria. There is a provisional permit available for persons aged between 18-21. Applications are processed at the state level by the Bureau of Criminal Identification. Open carry of unloaded firearms is legal without a permit.

Utah CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced SEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Utah Concealed Carry Permit


Standard Permit

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Proof of good character.
  • Completed a firearms familiarity course certified by BCI.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony.
  • Has not been convicted of any crime of violence.
  • Has not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol.
  • Has not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances.
  • Has not been convicted of any offenses involving moral turpitude.
  • Has not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence.
  • Has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed.
  • Is qualified to purchase and possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law Requirements

Provisional Permit
Persons aged between 18 – 21 can obtain a provisional permit. Apart from the age, the requirements are the same as those for a standard permit. These permits are also issued to non-residents. However, there are a number of states that will not honor the provisional permit as the required age to carry concealed is 21 in these states.

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Utah CCW Reciprocity

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  • Permit not honored
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How Reciprocity Works in Utah

  • The state of Utah will honor all other state permits.
  • There are 36 states that honor the standard Utah CCW permit.
  • However, 6 of these states will only honor a Utah residential permit.
  • And 19 states will not honor the Utah Provisional permit.

Standard & Provisional Permits

There are two types of permits in Utah, a Standard Permit and a Provisional Permit, the later being issued to persons aged between 18 - 21. Some states will not accept both these permits due to the low age requirements on the Provisional Permit. The standard permit is very popular for non-residents as it allows them to travel in 30 states with a handgun. For a full list of what permits a state will accept please look at the official reciprocity list.

Utah Reciprocity State's

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York,North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina

Utah Non-Resident CCW

Utah Permits For Non-Residents

For people living in restrictive states like California the Utah Non-Resident permit has become a popular choice. It cannot be used in California but if you travel interstate regularly then it will allow you to carry in currently thirty other states.


One of the conditions to obtain a ccw permit is that you attend a firearms training course with a Utah certified instructor. There is no need to travel to Utah as these courses are widely available in other states. There are currently 178 Utah certified instructors in California alone. A full list of Utah certified instructors is available on the state website.

Utah: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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Utah state flag

Places Off-Limits in Utah

  • Any courthouse
  • Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited
  • Mental health facility
  • Correctional facility
  • Church or house of worship that has given notice firearms are prohibited
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    • Congregation of Kol Ami
  • Secure area of airport
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Utah

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits

Utah Open Carry

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Open carry in Utah
With a Utah concealed carry permit you can openly carry a fully loaded firearm anywhere in Utah that is not listed as Off-Limits. When open carrying a firearm the places listed as Off-limits still apply.

For those who do not have a permit you can still carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle if the vehicle is in your lawful possession or you have been given consent from a person who has lawful possession of the vehicle and you are at least 18 years old. Without a permit you can only carry a loaded firearm inside the vehicle.

Once outside the vehicle you must carry an unloaded firearm. Utah’s definition of an unloaded firearm is that it must be two actions to firing;

  • Auto Loader – The magazine can be fully loaded but there can be no round in the guns chamber. To fire with two actions you would rack the slide and then squeeze the trigger.
  • Double Action Revolver – You can have a loaded chamber but the hammer must be down on the loaded chamber. And the next chamber that rotates up must be empty. This would require the trigger to be pressed two times for the gun to fire.
  • Single Action Pistols – the chamber must be empty with the hammer down. In this case you would first need to pull the hammer back and then squeeze the trigger.

Restricted Places
With no permit there are also more places that are Off-Limits for open carry. Schools are one example, with a permit you can open carry in schools but with no permit you cannot take a weapon into a school. There are also other places accessible with a permit but restricted to persons who do not have a permit.

Local authorities cannot regulate where open carry is allowed as the state preempts all firearm laws.

76.10.505 - Carrying Firearm
76.10.502 - Loaded firearm
76.9.102 - Disorderly conduct

Utah gun Sales, Preemption...


Utah does not require background checks on private handgun or long gun sales. The buyer must be at least 18 years old.

Any person who transfers an automatic weapon, sawed-off rifle or sawed-off shotgun to a minor in violation of state or federal laws is guilty of a felony in the third degree.

History of Utah Gun Laws

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Middle Eastern flint lock pistol

Learn Utah's Gun History

1995 - Policy change

Utah switches from a May Issue policy to a Shall Issue policy.

2004 - Campus carry laws

Utah becomes the first state to allow firearms to be carried on college campuses. Several other states have now followed with Georgia becoming the 11th state in 2017.

Utah Concealed Carry Laws

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Utah state capitol building

Utah Gun Laws To Know

YES – Without a permit
If a person is 18 or older and can legally possess a firearm then vehicle carry is legal if the vehicle is in the person’s lawful possession, or the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of the vehicle.

If you do not have a permit then you must carry an unloaded firearm outside any vehicle.

The Law

YES/NO – Without a permit

Without a permit, you can only open carry a handgun if it is unloaded (no bullet in the chamber, but can have a full magazine) and at least two actions from being fired. As an example;
1. Rack the slide to chamber,
2. Then pull the trigger

If you have a permit then open carry with a loaded firearm is legal.

The Law

NO – Must Inform Officer

Utah gun laws do not require you to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm. There is also no requirement to carry a permit.

GunsToCarry recommends that you should always carry your permit/license when there is a firearm on your person and for safety reasons identify yourself as a permit holder.


Utah does not have Constitutional Carry.


It is legal to carry in the following areas;

State Parks:    YES  
State/National Forests: YES     
State Wildlife Management Areas:  YES
Road Side Rest Areas:  YES


“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol.

Nothing in Utah law prevents a person from carrying a concealed handgun in a bar or restaurant where alcohol is being served. You should be aware though that it is a crime to be in possession of a firearm if you are intoxicated. Intoxication levels are based on those used for driving a vehicle.


“No Weapons” signs under Utah gun laws have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits. The law specifically mentions “places of worship” and “private residences”. If any of these places has posted a “No Weapons” sign then it is illegal to enter. A place of business is not mentioned in the law so it would be legal to enter a posted business although we do not recommend that.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

The Law

“The people have the right to bear arms for their security and defense, but the legislature may regulate the exercise of this right by law”
Art. I § 6

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Utah CCW FAQ's

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Utah CCW Contacts

Department of Public Safety

Bureau of Criminal Identification


Monday – Friday 7am – 5:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 3888 West 5400 South

CitySalt Lake City, Utah 84129

Phone (801) 965-4445


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Claude Duncan
Claude Duncan

Congregation of Kol Ami is no longer on places off limits they was drop from BCI churches.


I am heading to Utah from CA. I have a valid CA CCW permit. I understand that Utah honors my CA permit to conceal carry, does this mean I am allowed to open carry “loaded” (one in the chamber)?

Claude Duncan
Claude Duncan

yes you can


The state of Utah will honor all other state permits. With a Utah concealed carry permit you can openly carry a fully loaded firearm anywhere in Utah that is not listed as Off-Limits. When open carrying a firearm the places listed as Off-limits still apply.

Joe Amo
Joe Amo

I have had a NY CCW permit for the past 30 years. However, even though NY only issues one type of CCW permit the county where you reside can put restrictions on your permit. My current CCW permit has a Target restriction which means I can carry it concealed and loaded back and forth to the range and other shooting events. When applying for a UTAH non-resident CCW permit does the NY Target restriction transfer over to the UTAH permit. My gut feel is no because it doesn’t make sense but I thought I’d ask anyway.


No. Utah has no stupid restrictions like that on the permit.

Jim Fortini
Jim Fortini

I was told by someone that had their non-resident Utah LTCF, that the FBI conducts a background check on individuals possessing the non-resident LTCF on a regular basis. I would assume that due to the amount of permits from non-residents is absolutely impossible to for any bureau to check them all . My question is, how often is a persons background checked when holding a non-resident Utah LTCF??


BCI conducts a background check on all nonresident permits every 90 days. Background checks on resident permits are conducted every night. All checks are through 9 systems.


Does a simple DUI keep you from getting alic.


for 4 years after fines and any other requirement issue by the court probation, classes and so on.

Darryl Tasker
Darryl Tasker

Looks like Pennsylvania dropped all non resident permits.last month.pa has zero training requirements according to the web site.but they will issue a non resident permits if you are from Vermont. Looks like everyone else is out.

Bonnie Cunningham
Bonnie Cunningham

No where can I find the information I’m seeking – I just moved to Utah from Texas. I have a CHL from Texas. Now that I have established permanent residency in Utah, how long can I use my Texas license? Should I apply for a Utah permit? If so, must I go through the process as a new applicant?


I did a quick search for the info you require but came up with nothing. Suggest you go to our contacts section and call the phone number listed there.


Just call Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification. The number is right above this and I’m sure they’ll know the answer.

Kenny T
Kenny T

A Texas CHL is good in Utah until it expires. I carry a Texas CHL while living in Utah and have even renewed. You just can’t use a Texas CHL to waive the $7.50 Utah background check fee when purchasing a new firearm.

Gabe Hernandez
Gabe Hernandez

This may be a bit old however you can utilize your Texas CHL until it expires. If you plan on becoming a resident of Utah it would be in your best interest to get your Utah CFP. You do not have to wait until you established residency to receive your Utah CFP and it will be good for five years, if you have any questions feel free to contact us. ~OSCGLOBAL