Utah Gun Laws
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
Utah Concealed Carry Permit
- Utah CCW Handgun Permit Requirements
- How to Apply for an Utah CCW Handgun Permit
- Utah CCW Handgun Permit Renewals
- Utah CCW Handgun Permit Fee's
- 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adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed.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
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.
Utah Gun Policy
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Utah CCW Dashboard
Utah CCW Reciprocity
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
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Utah Handgun License Forms
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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
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
- All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits
Utah Open Carry
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.
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.
76.10.502 - Loaded firearm
76.9.102 - Disorderly conduct
Utah gun Sales, Preemption...
PRIVATE GUN SALES
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
Learn Utah's Gun History
1995 - Policy change
2004 - Campus carry laws
Utah Concealed Carry Laws
Utah Gun Laws To Know
YES – Without a permitIf 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.
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.
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 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 Contacts
Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Monday – Friday 7am – 5:30pm
Address 3888 West 5400 South
CitySalt Lake City, Utah 84129
Phone (801) 965-4445