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Hey everyone! I have a question. I never really understood or received an answer about this question.

Here in the State of Utah, when you carry does it Always have to be "Hidden" Underneath the clothes, from plain sight of the public eye.

Or, am I able to carry on the Outside of my Back, and not brandishing my gun to others, but in the view of the public. Or can I carry Outside on my Side on my belt?

If you have any thoughts or ideas that would be great!!!!

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Open carry is legal without a CFP. You must not have the weapon loaded (round in the chamber) without a permit. You may open carry with a round in the chamber (hot) if you are a CFP holder.
 

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:agree: and if you are carrying a revolver, if you DON'T have a CFP, then you can't have one in line with the barrel, or the next one in line. But if you DO have a CFP, then you can carry fully loaded.
 

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Yup. Some people carry openly all the time. Others carry openly some of the time and carry concealed at other times, while others believe firmly in keeping it concealed always. The advisability of keeping it concealed vs. openly carrying is a perennial debate in the gun community.

As was noted above, if you have a Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP), you can openly carry a fully-loaded firearm (or you can choose to conceal it).

If you do not have a CFP, then you cannot legally carry a concealed firearm (loaded or unloaded), but you can openly carry an unloaded firearm.

By "carrying", I am of course referring to a holstered firearm. Walking around with it in your hand would be a very different matter. :shocked:

Of course, I'm not a lawyer, nor is anybody else on the forum (unless they identify themselves as such). We make statements on how we read the law, but you should verify all such statements for yourself by reading the statutes yourself. Here's a good starting place: Handy links to Utah and Federal gun laws online
 

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So, you are telling me, if I have a CFP I can carry a locked and loaded hand gun in plain view of the public on my side, holsterd. Just like a LEO. But I have the choice to carry concealed of course, or outside carry.

What do I do when I go into a store, like "Walmart" and there is no posted sign saying "No Guns" allowed. Or something like that. And I am asked to leave the store because I am not a Leo and I am carrying a Loaded hand gun on my side holsterd.

Do I just show them my CFP and go from there or do I have to leave?
 

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What do I do when I go into a store, like "Walmart" and there is no posted sign saying "No Guns" allowed. Or something like that. And I am asked to leave the store because I am not a Leo and I am carrying a Loaded hand gun on my side holsterd.

Do I just show them my CFP and go from there or do I have to leave?
If you're asked to leave any store or restaurant, don't argue. Just leave. If you stay you can be arrested for trespassing. Afterwards, follow up with the store manager and/or regional manager. If it happens, post here and people will help you to find the right channels.

In practice, those incidents are pretty rare. Just in case, though, before you OC it's a good idea to make sure you thoroughly understand the law, and if you do have a run-in, by all means be very polite. Assert your rights, but do it politely and if the store or restaurant manager asserts his property rights to ask you to leave, comply politely.
 

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Yes, there is nothing wrong carrying a gun openly as long as you are in compliance with all other laws (unloaded if you don't have a CFP, aren't a felon, etc.).

There really aren't that many places that have posted "No guns" signs. Check the Boycott List section here. Walmart and the vast majority of other places you go are not posted. Even with the places that are posted, there is no law allowing them to restrict "guns", they can however ask pretty much any "person" to leave for whatever reason they want. So if they ask you to leave because you happen to have a gun, you must do so or you could be charged with trespassing.

Generally, you just need to be considerate and respectful of others and you'll be good to go.
 

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Thanks for your help everyone. Everyone is telling me to "Know the LAW" when you Outside Carry. Were can I find that info for the State of Utah and State of Nevada? Mostly Las Vegas?

I understand when asked to leave a store or etc. to do so. Don't make a big deal or I go to jail or get a fine.

Like everyone is saying, "Know the Law".
 
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