I've recently been further educated on this topic.
76-10-523(2) says "The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504(1)(a), (1)(b), and Section 76-10-505 do not apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been issued:
(a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704; or
(b) by another state or county."
Next, 76-10-504(1)(a) & (1)(b) says
"(1) Except as provided in Section 76-10-503 and in Subsections (2) and (3):
(a) a person who carries a concealed dangerous weapon, as defined in Section 76-10-501, which is not a firearm on his person or one that is readily accessible for immediate use which is not securely encased, as defined in this part, in a place other than his residence, property, or business under his control is guilty of a class B misdemeanor; and
(b) a person without a valid concealed firearm permit who carries a concealed dangerous weapon which is a firearm and that contains no ammunition is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, but if the firearm contains ammunition the person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor."
76-10-504(1)(a) is concerning a concealed dangerous weapon which is not a firearm, while (b) is specific to a firearm. Only (b) exempts a person with a valid concealed firearm permit... (a) makes no such exemption
. The two codes seem to be a bit at odds with each other (76-10-523(2) specifically references 76-10-504(1)(a)as being exempted by a CFP), so I've been somewhat confused.
Since I'd heard good arguments on both sides of the issue, I queried the state via the [email protected]
e-mail address (I've found the folks at DPS to be pretty darn good at getting clear answers back in a timely manner... kudos to those folks!). I heard back that the statute states firearms and does not cover knives.
Other states do cover knives (I'm pretty sure Florida does, for example), but apparently Utah does not.
It would probably be good for the legislature to get involved and clear up the muddiness, one way or the other.