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Carrying a Gun in Utah
Need a refresher on carrying a gun in Utah? Crockett Defense students who have previously completed our CFP class are welcome to attend any of our Utah Concealed Firearms Permit classes free of charge for a refresher on the material covered.
The info below lays out the main Utah firearms laws pretty clearly. Although this should not be taken as legal advice, similar information can be found on BCI’s website and sources are listed at the end of the page. As always, if you have and questions, let us know—we’d love to help answer them!
The laws on carrying a gun in Utah basically boil down to these rules:
It is unlawful for a person with a firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in the following locations:
- Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited and notice of the prohibition is posted
- A secure area of an airport
- 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.