Utah Department of Public Safety

BCI - Firearm Laws


Antiques

Utah statutes are silent on antique and replica firearms. They are treated as ordinary firearms for possession and carrying purposes.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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Carrying a Gun in Utah


In Person

It is unlawful for a person with or without a firearm permit to carry a firearm in the following locations:

  1. Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited and notice of the prohibition is posted
  2. A secure area of an airport
  3. Any courthouse, churches if posted, mental health facility or correctional facility that may provide by rule that no firearm may be transported, sold, given, or possessed upon the facility. At least one notice shall be prominently displayed at each entrance to a secure area in which a dangerous weapon, firearm, or explosive is restricted.

A concealed weapon permit is not a defense to prosecution for any person who carries a weapon while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

It is lawful to carry a firearm "capable of being concealed" in one’s home or place of business without a permit.

It is unlawful to carry a loaded firearm on any public street without a permit.

It is unlawful to carry a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance with or without a permit.

Carrying in Vehicles

A person may not carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle unless they have a valid permit to carry or:

  • They are at least 18 years old and

  • Has lawful possession of the vehicle or consent of the person who has lawful possession of the vehicle and

  • The weapon is not a rifle, shotgun or muzzle-loading rifle

It is lawful for a person with a concealed firearms permit to carry a firearm into a bus terminal.

It is lawful for a person with a concealed firearm permit to board a bus or a train or enter a terminal with a firearm upon their person or effects. This also applies to law enforcement officers or commercial security personnel with firearms used in their employment.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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Exemptions to Utah Concealed Carry Laws

The following are exempt from Utah weapon laws:

  1. U. S. Marshals engaged in their official duties;
  2. Federal officials required to carry firearms while engaged in their official duties;
  3. Law enforcement officials;
  4. Common carriers while engaged in the regular transportation of firearms as merchandise.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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Machine Guns

It is lawful to possess, purchase, or sell a machine gun that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws and regulations.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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Laws Regarding Minors and Firearms in Utah

It is unlawful for persons under the age of 16 to hunt unless "accompanied," - meaning at a distance within which visual and verbal communication is maintained for the purposes of advising and assisting.

Persons under the age of 14, while hunting with any weapon, must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian, or a responsible person age 21 or older who is approved by parent or guardian.

Persons age 14 and under the age of 16, while hunting big game with any weapon, must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian, or a responsible person age 21 or older who is approved by parent or guardian.

Persons age 14 and under the age of 16, while hunting wildlife other than big game, must be accompanied by a person age 21 or older.

Persons under the age of 12 are not permitted to hunt for protected wildlife except as provided by rule of the wildlife board.

It is unlawful for a minor under 18 years of age to possess a dangerous weapon unless he is accompanied by a parent or guardian or has their permission to have the weapon. A minor under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

It is unlawful for a minor under 18 to possess a handgun unless the minor:

  1. Is a patron of a lawfully operated target concession at an amusement center and the firearms used are chained or affixed to the counters;
  2. Is in attendance at a hunter's safety course;
  3. Is engaged in practice at a range or other area where discharge of a firearm is not prohibited by law;
  4. Is engaged in organized competition;
  5. Is on real property with the permission of the owner, licensee, or lessee of the property and has permission of a parent or guardian or the owner to possess a firearm;
  6. Is hunting lawfully;
  7. Is traveling to or from any activity listed above.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.


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Miscellaneous Laws Regarding Firearms

It is unlawful to change, alter, remove or obliterate the name of the maker, the model, the manufacturer’s number or any other identifying mark on any pistol or revolver without first securing written permission from BCI. In the case of an unmarked pistol or revolver, BCI, if requested, may assign a distinguishing number or mark of identification.

It is unlawful to stamp any pistol or revolver with any number or mark except one assigned to it by BCI. This does not apply to restoration.

It is unlawful to discharge any kind of firearm from any vehicle or from, upon or across any public highway, within Utah State Park buildings, designated camp or picnic sites, overlooks, golf courses, boat ramps, and developed beaches; or without written permission to discharge the dangerous weapon from the owner or person in charge of the property within 600 feet of a house, dwelling, or any other building; or any structure in which a domestic animal is kept or fed, including a barn, poultry yard, corral, feeding pen, or stockyard.

It is unlawful to fire any tracer or incendiary ammunition in the state of Utah except within the confines of an established military reservation.It is unlawful to shoot or shoot at any signs or placards placed by the wildlife board or road signs on any highway.

It is unlawful to shoot wildlife from airplanes, motor vehicles, motor boats or snowmobiles. Handicapped hunters may be authorized to hunt from a vehicle under terms and conditions specified by the wildlife board.

It is unlawful, and a misdemeanor, when prohibited by local ordinance or law, to make or keep gunpowder, nitroglycerin or other highly explosive substances within a city or town, or to carry such substances through the streets.

It is unlawful to deliver to any express or railway company, common carrier, warehouse, or store-house any package containing nitroglycerin, dynamite, gun cotton, or gun powder to be handled, stored, shipped, or transported without plainly marking the package with the name and nature of the contents.

It is unlawful for any person in the presence of two or more persons to exhibit any firearm in an "angry and threatening manner", except as otherwise provided in UCA 76-2-402.

It is unlawful to discharge a firearm at or into any bus or terminal. This does not apply to law enforcement officers or commercial security personnel who discharge firearms in their employment.

It is unlawful to set any spring or "trap gun."

It is unlawful to deliver any spring or "trap gun" to any express or railway company, common carrier, or to any person without informing them of the nature of the delivery.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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Purchasing a Gun in Utah

It is unlawful for a gun dealer to sell or transfer any firearm until an instant criminal history background check is conducted and approved by BCI.

A valid Utah concealed firearm permit may be used to waive the BCI background check and the corresponding fees. However, the dealer is still required to call BCI to confirm the validity of the concealed firearm permit.

A person who wishes to purchase a handgun must show proof of Utah residency.

A person who wishes to purchase a rifle or shotgun is not required to show Utah residency; however, the purchaser will be required to comply with the laws of the state in which he/she resides.

Laws governing the use of concealed firearms differ from state to state. It is important to understand the laws to ensure that your actions are in compliance with Utah law.

Sources: 53-5-704 Division duties - Utah Code §§ 23-20-11 et seq., 24-2-17, 76-10-301, 76-10-501 et seq.

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