Again, we have to go back to the code.quychang said:My problem with this explanation is that it only meets 1 of the 2 requirements. There is not a round under the hammer, but on the other hand, there is one in the first cylinder to rotate into firing position. So I'm not sure you could sell this configuration as meeting the Utah unloaded rules. If someone can correct me, I'd be happy to be wrong.
The first test is: Is there a round in firing position? In this case no. The cylinder doesn't have any chamber in firing position.
The second test is: Is there "an unexpended cartridge, shell, or projectile is in a position whereby the manual operation of any mechanism once would cause the unexpended cartridge, shell, or projectile to be fired."
What is the one mechanism that will cause the next up shell to be fired in this case? If the revolver is an SA, I contend there is none. Pulling the trigger does nothing. Cocking the hammer rotates the next chamber (with its live round) into firing position but does not fire that round. To fire the round requires the operation of a second mechanism: namely the trigger.
While this can all be a bit complicated, it is complicated in favor of the law-abiding gun owner who is able to keep a gun as close to fully ready to use as possible while still having the gun be considered "unloaded" for most legal purposes. The easy definition would "a gun is loaded when any live rounds are in the gun". That would not be nearly as convenient for Utah's gun owners.