Utah Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Utah

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.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes/No-Without a License Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 698,920 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 36 # of states that honor Utah license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Utah honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 57 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

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.

UT CCW Reciprocity Map

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.

AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MS MO MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY DC
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Utah Concealed Carry Laws and Permit

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.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

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 Gun Background Check

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.

CCW Permit Information

Requirements

  • 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

Application

  1. Complete a firearms training course.
  2. Download the application from under the forms section.
  3. Have fingerprints taken at the Bureau of Criminal Identification – $15 for one photo, $15 for 3 fingerprint cards.
  4. You will need these documents; Completed application form Photocopy of drivers license Photograph – passport quality Non-resident proof of permit Fingerprint card, one card Weapon familiarity certificate
  5. Applications accepted through mail or in person; Bureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
  6. You will be notified by mail if your permit has been issued or declined.
  7. Non-Residents The application process for non-residents is exactly the same as for residents. You will need to complete a firearms training course with a certified Utah instructor and there is an extra charge of $10 for the permit fee.

Renewal

  • Renewal notices are usually sent out one month before the expiry date. If you have changed address be sure to notify the Bureau of Criminal Identification.
  • Permits can be renewed within 90 days before the expiry date but not before 90 days.
  • Or, within 12 months after the expiry date.
  • If a permit has been expired for more than 12 months then a new application process will need to be started.
  • You can renew permits online or by mail. There is an extra charge of $0.75 for online renewals, described as a convenience fee on the official site.
  • For mail applications you will need to download the application form and once completed send it to the following address with payment; Utah Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South Taylorsville, UT 84129

Utah CCW License Fee information

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.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Utah

Allowed Forbidden
State parks Any courthouse
State and national forests Any secure area in which firearms are prohibited
Road side rest areas Mental health facility
Vehicle Correctional 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

Utah CCW Contact

Utah Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Contact

Address: Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
City: Taylorsville, UT 84129
Phone: (801) 965-4445

CCW Licensing Offices in Utah

Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification

Office Address
Bureau of Criminal Identification 3888 West 5400 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84129

Phone
(801) 965-4445

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