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In my own browser, I've bookmarked some very handy links to the United States and Utah Constitutions and to various gun laws. I thought that it might be useful for others if I made those links available here.

Let me add the mandatory disclaimer here:
  • I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, and certainly cannot
    give legal advice, nor do I claim that the following links cover
    all of the important gun-laws of Utah and/or of the Federal
  • If you need accurate, reliable legal advice on gun laws, consult
    a knowledgeable attorney.[/*]
  • This information is provided for unofficial entertainment purposes
    only. Use this information at your own risk.[/*]
  • I have dutifully covered my butt here.[/*]
If you want a thorough resource on Utah gun laws written by a Utah attorney, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of:

Utah Gun Law, 3rd Edition
by Attorney Mitch Vilos

Check out this thread for tips on where to find this book. Note that Utah gun laws do change from time to time. So, the way I use this book (after having read it through once) is as a handy reference to help me look up gun laws, then I go online to verify that the referenced sections are still the same.

Sorry, but I really don't know of any similar, handy reference on Federal gun laws. However, the above book does have a chapter on Federal gun laws. The author introduces that chapter by saying that it only gives an overview of a few of the most important Federal gun laws.

Also, HERE is an excellent printable booklet created by forum member, Venzor, as a pocket reference.
Shown here are instructions on how to fold it into a booklet. The same disclaimer that I gave above should be applied to this booklet.

And HERE is an excellent two-page pamphlet created by forum member ScottyT.

Both the booklet and pamphlet are excellent pocket resources!

So, here are the handy links that I've bookmarked over time:

  • The Great State of Utah
    Bureau of Criminal Identification - Utah Department of Public SafetyVarious Utah statutes of interest to gun-owners (particularly for CCW):
    • Utah Code -- Title 53 -- Chapter 05 -- Regulation of Weapons.
      • U.C.A. 53-5-704. Division duties -- Permit to carry concealed firearm -- Certification for concealed firearms instructor -- Requirements for issuance -- Violation -- Denial, suspension, or revocation -- Appeal procedure.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 53-5-710. Cross-references to concealed firearm permit restrictions.
      (Lists places that we are prohibited from carrying with a CFP)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 53-5a-102. Uniform firearm laws.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 53-5a-103. Discharge of firearm on private property -- Liability.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-500. Uniform law.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-501. Definitions.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-502. When weapon deemed loaded.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-503. Restrictions on possession, purchase, transfer, and ownership of dangerous weapons by certain persons.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-504. Carrying concealed dangerous weapon -- Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun on or about school premises -- Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-506. Threatening with or using dangerous weapon in fight or quarrel.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-3-203.2. Definitions -- Use of dangerous weapon in offenses committed on or about school premises -- Enhanced penalties.
      (This defines school premises, including "within 1,000 feet of any structure, facility, or grounds included in Subsections (1)(a)(i), (ii), (iii), and (iv).")[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-508. Discharge of firearm from a vehicle, near a highway, or in direction of any person, building, or vehicle -- Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509. Possession of dangerous weapon by minor.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509.4. Prohibition of possession of certain weapons by minors.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509.5. Penalties for providing certain weapons to a minor.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509.6. Parent or guardian providing firearm to violent minor.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509.7. Parent or guardian knowing of minor's possession of dangerous weapon.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-509.9. Sales of firearms to juveniles.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-511. Possession of loaded weapon at residence authorized.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-523.5. Compliance with rules for secure facilities.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-524. Purchase of firearms pursuant to federal law.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-526. Criminal background check prior to purchase of a firearm -- Fee -- Exemption for concealed firearm permit holders.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-527. Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-528. Carrying a dangerous weapon while under influence of alcohol or drugs unlawful.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-529. Possession of dangerous weapons, firearms, or explosives in airport secure areas prohibited -- Penalty.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-530. Trespass with a firearm in a house of worship or private residence -- Notice -- Penalty.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-1504. Bus hijacking -- Assault with intent to commit hijacking -- Use of a dangerous weapon or firearm -- Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-10-1507. Exclusion of persons without bona fide business from terminal -- Firearms and dangerous materials -- Surveillance devices and seizure of offending materials -- Detention of violators -- Private security personnel.
      (The above two statutes provide the exception that allows permit-holders to carry on a bus.)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-8-311.1. Secure areas -- Items prohibited -- Penalty.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-8-311.3. Items prohibited in correctional and mental health facilities -- Penalties.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-6-206. Criminal trespass.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-2-402. Force in defense of person -- Forcible felony defined.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-2-405. Force in defense of habitation.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-2-406. Force in defense of property.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-2-407. Deadly force in defense of persons on real property.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 76-1-105. Common law crimes abolished.
      (This essentially states if something is not made illegal by statute or ordinance, then it is legal.)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 78B-3-110. Defense to civil action for damages resulting from commission of crime.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 53B-3-103. Power of board to adopt rules and enact regulations.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 10-8-47. Intoxication -- Fights -- Disorderly conduct -- Assault and battery -- Petit larceny -- Riots and disorderly assemblies -- Firearms and fireworks -- False pretenses and embezzlement -- Sale of liquor, narcotics or tobacco to minors -- Possession of controlled substances -- Treatment of alcoholics and narcotics or drug addicts.[/*]
    • U.C.A. 53-3-220. Offenses requiring mandatory revocation, denial, suspension, or disqualification of license -- Offense requiring an extension of period -- Hearing -- Limited driving privileges. (This deals with a driver's license, but references shooting from a vehicle).[/*]
    • U.C.A. 34-45. Protection of Activities in Private Vehicles (parking lot bill).[/*]
    • U.C.A. 10-8-47. Intoxication -- Fights -- Disorderly conduct -- Assault and battery -- Petit larceny -- Riots and disorderly assemblies -- Firearms and fireworks -- False pretenses and embezzlement -- Sale of liquor, narcotics or tobacco to minors -- Possession of controlled substances -- Treatment of alcoholics and narcotics or drug addicts.
      (This is where the legislature authorizes cities to restrict the discharge of firearms.)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 10-8-94. Towns with same authority as cities.
      (This is where the legislature authorizes towns with the same authority as cities.)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 78A-2-203. Rules -- Right to make -- Limitation -- Security.
      (This is where the legislature authorizes courts to regulate firearms in their court rooms. This is also where it requires courts to provide secure storage for a CFP-holder's firearm.)[/*]
    • U.C.A. 29-2-103. Innkeeper's rights -- Liability -- Prohibition on discrimination.
      (This is where the legislature authorizes innkeepers to refuse accomodations to anyone who is "in the reasonable belief of the innkeeper, bringing in property that may be dangerous to other persons, including firearms or explosives")[/*]
    • U.C.A. 63K-4-405. Prohibition of restrictions on and confiscation of a firearm or ammunition during an emergency.[/*]
    Utah Attorney General Opinions
    • AG Opinion 2001-2. The Utah Department of Human Resource Management cannot promulgate rules against carrying of firearms.[/*]
    Public Safety Rules
    • None currently in effect
      NOTE: The "Requirement to Notify Peace Officer When Stopped" rule is currently not in force. Here's the bill that reauthorized rules, excluding the Concealed Firearm Permit Rule:
      Administrative Rules Reauthorization[/*]
    Utah LegislatureLegislative Bills of Interest
    • 2010: See this thread
    • 2009: See this thread
    • 2008
      • H.B. 473. Firearms Amendments (Sponsored by Curt Oda - Did not pass, defeated in Senate). Would have clarified that there is no requirement to conceal. Click HERE for a voice recording of the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee testimony of Attorney General Mark Shurtleff which spells out the current legality of open carry of a firearm. Here is a transcript of that recording, transcribed by forum member Outsider.
      • S.B. 43. Administrative Rules Reauthorization (Sponsored by Howard A. Stephenson, Passed). This is the bill that removed the following rule: R722-300, Public Safety, Criminal Investigations and Technical Services Criminal Identification, Concealed Firearm Permit Rule. (i.e. the requirement to notify a police officer when you are carrying)[/*]
    • 2007
      • S.B. 251. Higher Education - Concealed Firearms Restrictions (Sponsored by Greg Bell - Passed as S.B. 251 Second Substitute). Intended as a compromise with the University of Utah to end that institution's federal lawsuit against the Utah Legislature.[/*]
    • 2006
      • S.B. 24. Weapons Amendments (Sponsored by Mark Madsen - Did not pass). Would have allowed car-carry without a CFP.[/*]
    • 2004
      • S.B.48. Uniform Firearm Laws (Sponsored by Michael G. Waddoups - Passed as S.B. 48 Substitute). Strengthened state-wide preemption.
      • H.B.294. Purchase of Firearms Amendments (Sponsored by James A. Ferrin - Passed). Removed requirement that to purchase a firearm, a non-resident had to be a resident of a continguous state. Removed requirement for a second document showing residence (that was required in addition to a state-issued photo ID).
      • H.B.295. Issuance of Concealed Firearm Permits Amendments (Sponsored by James A. Ferrin - Passed). Simplified the CFP application, reducing amount of information required.[/*]
    • 2003
      • S.B.103. Concealed Weapon Permit Holder Amendments (Sponsored by Curtis S. Bramble - Passed). Removed 60-day restriction on the validity of concealed firearm permits issued by another state or county.[/*]
    Utah Supreme Court Decisions of Interest[/*]
  • The United States of America (Federal Government)
    Various Federal statutes and regulations of interest to gun-owners:The Supreme Court of the United StatesThe United States CongressFlying with your firearmCongressional Bills and Committee Reports of Interest
    • H.R.3355 - Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (containing AWB - scroll down and click on TITLE XI--FIREARMS)[/*]
    • S.397 - 109th Congress - Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (signed by President Bush, and became Public Law No: 109-92 on 26 October 2005)[/*]
    • H.R.1243 - Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act of 2005 (national reciprocity for CCW permit-holders -- referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the House Committee on the Judiciary on 10 May 2005 -- no further action)[/*]
    • The Right to Keep and Bear Arms Report - Subcommittee On The Constitution of the United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, February 1982 (chaired by Senator Hatch)[/*]
That's all folks!

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Here are some more categories of firearm-related links that I hadn't thought of including before:

That's all (again) folks!

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
blackpuma said:
Jeff Johnson said:
I've updated the links to correct some that had gone bad.
Awesome thread. Thanks.
You're welcome. Please let me know if any of the links go bad. That sometimes happens, particularly if a referenced site rearranges where their stuff can be found.

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Every once in a while, I check all the links to make sure that they're still valid (links go bad sometimes when people rearrange their web sites). At other times, I also add to this list when I come across other links that seem pertinent to me.

If anybody finds a dead link in the above list, please let me know so that I can fix it.


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Public Safety Rules

Rule R722-300. Concealed Firearm Permit Rule. (NOTE: Link has gone bad - can anybody find this rule?)
Rule R722-300-12. Requirement to Notify Peace Officer When Stopped. (NOTE: Link has gone bad - can anybody find this rule?)

Appearantly Utah has REVISED the regs... New numbers for requirement to notify is:

"When a concealed firearm permit holder or certificate of qualification holder is stopped for questioning by a peace officer based on reasonable suspicion in accordance with Section 77-7-15 and the holder has a concealed firearm in his/her possession, the holder shall immediately advise the peace officer that he/she is a lawful holder and has a concealled firearm in his/her possession."


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errrr... doesn't seem to have changed... ANYTHING... ??!?!???

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Don't see a change in the regulation... just the assigned number.

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Added one more:

U.C.A. 53-3-220. Offenses requiring mandatory revocation, denial, suspension, or disqualification of license -- Offense requiring an extension of period -- Hearing -- Limited driving privileges. (This deals with a driver's license, but references shooting from a vehicle)
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