Post updated on February 19th to include more detailed information.
Governor Cox signed H.B. 60 Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments into law today, February 12th, 2021, making Utah the 17th state to become Constitutional Carry, also known as "Permitless Carry".
Don't just start loading up and carrying yet though, as the new law does not take effect until May 5th, 2021. While it's great news for Utah, there are some very important things you must know before you start carrying your firearm everywhere you go.
After May 5th this means;
- Anyone, Utah residents and nonresidents, who are at least 21 years old, and legally allowed to possess a firearm (not a prohibited person), can carry ANY legally owned firearm fully loaded and concealed without a permit.
NOTE: This is not just limited to handguns like a lot of other states. It does not matter what type of firearm you carry. For example, if you want to carry a fully automatic MP5 as your concealed firearm, go ahead!!! As long as you legally own the firearm (all NFA requirements apply in this example) you can carry whatever firearm and as many firearms as you want.
- Anyone who is at least 18 to 20 years old is still required to obtain a Utah "Provisional" permit to be able to carry a loaded or concealed firearm.
Even after May 5th, 2021, if you DO NOT have a valid Utah concealed firearm permit it is still ILLEGAL for you to:
- Carry a firearm on ANY public or private school premises, including charter schools and religious schools (kindergarten through 12th-grade schools) AND public or private institutions of higher education (colleges and universities). Having a loaded handgun in your vehicle is LEGAL, but this means if you step outside your vehicle while in the parking lot of any school, you are committing a class A misdemeanor as explained in 76-10-505.5.(3)(b). Being convicted would prohibit you from obtaining a Utah concealed firearm permit for at least FIVE (5) YEARS if you ever decided you wanted to get one.
NOTE: There is a lot of confusion about a Federal law 18 U.S.C. 922 Subsection (q)(2) also known as the "Gun-Free School Zone Act" which prohibits firearms within a school zone. Some people are going to tell you that it is illegal for you to carry a firearm while walking on the sidewalk through the school zone. Well, it's legal for you to open carry an unloaded firearm right now while walking through the school zone so nothing changes when you're allowed to carry it loaded and concealed without a permit after May 5th. It is also already legal to have a loaded handgun in a vehicle without having a concealed firearm permit which means you would never be charged with a crime while driving through the school zone. This Federal law does is not recognized in Utah. Just make sure you DO NOT get out of your vehicle while in the school parking lot or go on the school property. See more about schools here.
- Possess a loaded rifle, shotgun, or muzzle-loading rifle in a vehicle. See more about vehicles here.
- Possess ANY firearm in State prohibited areas or Federal prohibited areas. (Individuals with a permit still can't carry here either).
- Carry ANY firearm in any other state, subject to the laws of that state. Reciprocity Map
As you can see above there are things you still cannot do if you are carrying without the permit. If you're wondering what the benefits of obtaining the Utah concealed firearm permit are, you're in the right place. If you're at least 21 years old, obtaining the Utah permit would make it LEGAL for you to:
- Carry a firearm on ANY public or private school premises, including charter schools and religious schools (kindergarten through 12th-grade schools) AND public or private institutions of higher education (colleges and universities). See more about schools here.
- Possess a loaded handgun, rifle, shotgun, and/or muzzle-loading rifle in a vehicle. See more about vehicles here.
- Carry a firearm in ALL of the 37 states that recognize the Utah "Standard" permit. Reciprocity Map
- The permit also exempts you from having to pay the $7.50 background check fee when purchasing a firearm from a Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer in Utah. See more here.
Read the entire Bill here: H.B. 60 Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments
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