Utah protects the right to bear arms under Article I, Section 6 of the state constitution, but this does not mean that everyone may carry a gun, or that you may always carry a gun wherever you like. While you may openly carry a weapon without a permit, Utah requires a concealed carry permit to carry a weapon concealed on (or near) your body or vehicle unless you are in your own residence or on your own property. (Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-511).
For more information on concealed weapon permits, see Open and Concealed Gun Carry Laws in Utah.
The following sections explain who may not have a gun, as well as the circumstances when carrying a gun is illegal.
Utah lists persons restricted from carrying a firearm in two categories. Category I restricted persons are guilty of a second degree felony if they possess a firearm, whereas Category II restricted persons are guilty of a third degree felony -- a less serious offense -- for firearm possession.
Category I restricted persons:
Category II restricted persons:
(Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-503.)
The following rules govern when you may not carry a gun in Utah. They do not apply to law enforcement, U.S. marshals, judges, or federal officials required to carry a firearm.
It is a class A misdemeanor to carry a concealed firearm in Utah without a concealed carry permit, unless you are in your own residence or on your own property. Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, or both. (Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-504(2)).
Category I restricted persons who possess a firearm are guilty of a class 2 felony. Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to 15 years in prison, or both.
Category II restricted persons who possess a firearm are guilty of a class 3 felony. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, or both. (Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-503).
The penalties for violating gun carry laws are serious, and often include harsh fines and long prison sentences. If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Utah, or if you are facing charges for a gun violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.