Gun laws in Utah are pretty relaxed. In fact, they have fewer gun control restrictions than most other states. Utah honors the "Castle Doctrine," and a person’s home is their castle and he has every right to take up arms to protect it and his or her family. Open carry without a permit is legal as long as the firearm is “unloaded.” In this case, it means the first round is not chambered, and two mechanical actions are required for it to fire. Therefore you can carry a gun with a full magazine as long as the first round is not chambered and it is locked. Utah does issue concealed permits for carrying concealed weapons to both residents and non-residents. You will need to take a firearms training course first though. The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification handles background checks and fingerprinting when applying for a permit. There are currently 698,920 gun permits in Utah.
Utah’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
Thirty-six states honor a Utah gun permit for residents and they are
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, and Wyoming.
These states honor a Utah gun permit for non-residents
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, and Wyoming.
Utah honors fifty-three state and territory gun permits for
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, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
These fourteen states will not allow a Utah gun permit for concealed carry
California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
Being a very lax gun control state, Utah allows open carry with or without a permit. However, if you do not have a license, it must be unloaded (meaning no bullet in the chamber). You can carry with a permit in state parks, national forests, and in your vehicle. You are not required to notify an officer when you are carrying. Utah is not a constitutional carry state. You may carry in restaurants, but you must observe “no weapons” signs in “off limits” areas like churches and private property. You have to be 21 to get a permit, but they make special dispensation for people ages 18-21.
When applying for a concealed carry permit, you must be 21 years old unless you are in the military then you can be 18. You must prove you are of “good character.” You cannot be a felon or convicted of any violent crimes. You cannot have any offense on your record for abuse of narcotics, other drugs or alcohol. You cannot have any infractions of domestic violence or moral turpitude. You must be eligible to own and possess a firearm and follow all federal regulations. You must complete an approved firearms training course, and you cannot have any mental illness.
Utah is a “point of contact” state, and their own Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) handles all background checks for licensed dealers before selling to buyers. Dealers must verify the identity of the person with a photo ID first. People with a concealed carry permit do not have to have another background check. Private sales are not subject to a background check either.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Residents | Concealed firearm permit (handguns)||$52.00||15.75||Replacement: $10.00||$15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards||$100 - $125||Photos and fingerprints may be obtained at the Bureau of Criminal Identification (3888 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT.) The cost is $15.00 for 1 photo and $15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards.|
|Non-Residents | Concealed firearm permit (handguns)||$62.00||15.75||Replacement: $10.00||$15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards||$100 - $125||Photos and fingerprints may be obtained at the Bureau of Criminal Identification (3888 W 5400 S, Taylorsville, UT.) The cost is $15.00 for 1 photo and $15.00 for up to 3 fingerprint cards.|
|State parks||Any courthouse|
|State and national forests||Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited|
|Road side rest areas||Mental health facility|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden||Church or house of worship that has given notice firearms are prohibited|
|Secure area of airport|
|Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Address:||Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification|
3888 West 5400 South
|City:||Taylorsville, UT 84129|
Bureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84129