Churches “House Of Worship”

 


It is ILLEGAL to carry a firearm, even if a person has been issued a concealed firearm permit, into a house of worship or private residence if notice has been given as provided in 76-10-530.

 The following churches have notified BCI of their intent to prohibit firearms in their “houses of worship”
Wasatch Presbyterian Church (1626 South 1700 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84108)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


The law only prohibits firearms in buildings defined as a "house of worship" under 76-10-501 below.
It DOES NOT include any other buildings or property owned by the LDS church. Locations such as the City Creek Mall, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Deseret News‎, KSL News, Temple Square, hotels, restaurants, schools, etc. all fall under private property laws which allow owners to post No Weapon Signs.

 

BCI Website For Houses of Worship Prohibiting Firearms on Premises

LAWS

76-10-501. Definitions.
(14) "House of worship" means a church, temple, synagogue, mosque, or other building set apart primarily for the purpose of worship in which religious services are held and the main body of which is kept for that use and not put to any other use inconsistent with its primary purpose.

76-10-530.  Trespass with a firearm in a house of worship or private residence -- Notice -- Penalty.
(1) A person, including a person licensed to carry a concealed firearm pursuant to Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Firearm Act, after notice has been given as provided in Subsection (2) that firearms are prohibited, may not knowingly and intentionally:
(a) transport a firearm into:
(i) a house of worship; or
(b) while in possession of a firearm, enter or remain in:
(i) a house of worship; or
(2) Notice that firearms are prohibited may be given by:
(a) personal communication to the actor by:
(i) the church or organization operating the house of worship;
(ii) the owner, lessee, or person with lawful right of possession of the private residence; or
(iii) a person with authority to act for the person or entity in Subsections (2)(a)(i) and (ii);
(b) posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of persons entering the house of worship or private residence;
(c) announcement, by a person with authority to act for the church or organization operating the house of worship, in a regular congregational meeting in the house of worship;
(d) publication in a bulletin, newsletter, worship program, or similar document generally circulated or available to the members of the congregation regularly meeting in the house of worship; or
(e) publication:
(i) in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the house of worship is located or the church or organization operating the house of worship has its principal office in this state; and
(ii) as required in Section 45-1-101.
(3) A church or organization operating a house of worship and giving notice that firearms are prohibited may:
(a) revoke the notice, with or without supersedure, by giving further notice in any manner provided in Subsection (2); and
(b) provide or allow exceptions to the prohibition as the church or organization considers advisable.
(4)(a)(i) Within 30 days of giving or revoking any notice pursuant to Subsection (2)(c), (d), or (e), a church or organization operating a house of worship shall notify the division on a form and in a manner as the division shall prescribe.
(ii) The division shall post on its website a list of the churches and organizations operating houses of worship who have given notice under Subsection (4)(a)(i).
(b) Any notice given pursuant to Subsection (2)(c), (d), or (e) shall remain in effect until revoked or for a period of one year from the date the notice was originally given, whichever occurs first.
(5) Nothing in this section permits an owner who has granted the lawful right of possession to a renter or lessee to restrict the renter or lessee from lawfully possessing a firearm in the residence.
(6) A violation of this section is an infraction.

Churches who use Subsection (2) (a) and (b) as a method of notification are not required to notify BCI. Those churches who use Subsection (2) (c), (d) or (e) must also be listed on the BCI website.

76-3-105. Infractions. 
(1) Infractions are not classified.
(2) Any offense which is an infraction within this code is expressly designated and any offense defined outside this code which is not designated as a felony or misdemeanor and for which no penalty is specified is an infraction.

76-3-205. Infraction conviction -- Fine, forfeiture, and disqualification.
(1) A person convicted of an infraction may not be imprisoned but may be subject to:
(a) a fine, which may include compensatory service as a method to satisfy the fine;
(b) forfeiture;
(c) disqualification; or
(d) any combination of the above.
(2) Compensatory service shall be considered in accordance with Section 76-3-301.7.
(3) Whenever a person is convicted of an infraction and no punishment is specified, the person may be fined as for a class C misdemeanor.

76-3-301. Fines of persons.
(1) A person convicted of an offense may be sentenced to pay a fine, not exceeding:
(e) $750 for a class C misdemeanor conviction or infraction conviction

53-5-704. Bureau duties -- Permit to carry concealed firearm -- Certification for concealed firearms instructor -- Requirements for issuance -- Violation -- Denial, suspension, or revocation -- Appeal procedure.
(3)(b) The bureau may not deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit solely for a single conviction of an infraction violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.

This means that even if you are convicted of a single infraction, you will not lose your concealed firearm permit.