Getting A Utah Concealed Weapon Permit
A concealed is a weapon that you have concealed or hidden from public view when you are out in the public. Carrying weapons without permit or license, and failure to do so will incur charges that varies from state to state. A concealed weapon is anything that is potentially harmful and can be used to injure anyone, it is not ONLY guns as many may suspect. Carrying a concealed weapon is illegal until you acquire the proper permit under jurisdictional laws in your city and state. Note that just because your permit is valid in your state, doesn't mean it is valid in others. So you should always check to see if your state's concealed weapon permit is valid in other states before carring that weapon with you.
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Who Would Need To Carry A Concealed Weapon In Utah?
People may carry concealed weapons for many reasons. Having a job as a security guard and for personal protection are the most prevalent reasons. Along side those are hunters, gun collectors, or those who have jobs such as a private detective or a bounty hunter. There are a score of legitimate reasons. Also many feel that they have the right to "keep and bear arms" as governed and granted by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although your right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution, most states have adopted certain jurisdictions to govern this process.
Only Alaska, Arizona, Montana(outside city limits), Vermont and Wyoming have an unrestricted jurisdiction, which means these states will allow you to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. However, the The Gun Free School Zones Act limits where those who don't need a permit to carry a concealed weapon can carry these weapons.
Illinois, District of Columbia and certain cities within New York and California are "no issue" jurisdictions, which means they do not allow their citizens to carry concealed weapons period.
Getting a Concealed Weapon Permit In Utah
Step One. Get your copy of Weapon Familiarity Certification. Candidates should be familiar with the weapons they want to carry; how to use it and the intentions for wanting to get this weapon should be clear, legitimate and legal. You can obtain the required training either by:
- Letter of recommendation through a law enforcement officer from a superior. Or,
- Completed Firearms Training under a state-approved instructor. You can request an affidavit through your trainer to validate your familiarity to the weapon. This is a full course training program and should be done before applying for a permit.
Step Two. Fill out the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI)application forms.
Step Three. Attach all required documents together with the application form.
- Weapon Familiarity Certification
- Driver’s License photocopy
- Recent Colored Photograph – can also be taken at the BCI. Passport quality photo needed.
- Fingerprint Card – a fingerprint technician should take fingerprints and card must be filled out completely. Only one fingerprint card is needed and the writing must be legible. Cards that are not legible will be sent back to applicants and can cause delays in the processing.
- Good Character certificate – or any proof of good character. All applicants will undergo a criminal background check by the bureau as well. One should not be convicted of any offenses with violence, unlawful usage of prohibited drugs, felony, immorality or other related cases. Mental health will also be considered. In case of mental incompetence, permit will not be granted unless court of state withdraws the adjudication.
- Birth Certificate – Applicants should be at least 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States.
- Proof of permit for Non-residence applicants – if your state recognizes Utah permit*, you need to get hold of CCW**from your home state, send the copy to BCI together with your application. Otherwise, you need to complete all necessary requirements or trainings before gaining permit from Utah. (Weapon Familiarity Certification, fingerprint card, see Step Three.)
*The following states recognize Utah permit: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
**CCW stands for Concealed Carry Weapons Permit. This is one of the most popular permits because it identifies 32 other states. States listed above.
Step Four. BCI accepts in-person application or via mail. For in-person application, attend the appointment on time on the Department of BCI. For mail application, include all necessary documents together with the application fee. This is non-refundable. Application takes 60 to 90 days processing.
Processing and Fees
- $60.00 – BCI fee for Utah residents; includes application fee and permit processing ($29.75), and fingerprint cards through FBI ($30.25).
- $65.00 – BCI fee for non-resident; includes application fee and permit processing ($34.75), and fingerprint cards through FBI ($30.25).
- $15.00 – 1 photo for other fingerprint services you wish to avail from private businesses or in your local law enforcement.
Concealed Firearms permits in Utah were controlled by the BCI. Apply or send application forms at:
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Address: 3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
For any questions, call / email them at:
Utah Law Regarding Concealed Weapons
The law includes the bureau’s capability of denying the granting of permit to those who are a danger to themselves or others for any reason. In case a person already has a granted permit, and has been convicted of a crime, the bureau WILL suspend the permit. However, if the accusations are withdrawn, the bureau will immediately restore the deferred permit. The permit owner is also eligible to send his petition for reconsideration in case of suspension, revocation and denial of his permit is charged. That is, within 60 days since the notice has been received by the petitioner.
What Happens If You Carry A Concealed Weapon Without A Permit?
Misdemeanor is a less serious crime than felony. It is still punishable by law with the maximum imprisonment of one year, and divided into to classes depending on the severity.
Using the weapon to illegally assault or threaten someone, displaying the firearm angrily in the presence of more than two people, or just by carrying a ‘loaded’ no-permit-weapon is a Class A Misdemeanor that comes with possible jail term is up to 1 year and possible fine up to $2,500.
Releasing a weapon negligently that interrupts the peace or has the possibility of injuring the public, carrying the weapon while under the influence of a controlled substance such as alcohol, or just by carrying an ‘unloaded’ no-permit-weapon will be a Class B Misdemeanor with a possible jail term is up to six months and possible fine up to $1,000.
Felony is a major crime that comes with imprisonment and/or fine.
If you commit a crime with a "no permit" firearm, or if you injure someone from a Class B Misdemeanor (negligently releasing of weapon), the fault can be raised to Second Degree Felony, depending to the extent of the injury, it has a possible jail term is 1 year to 15 years in prison and possible fine up to $10,000.
Releasing the firearm that extensively endangers any person, or doing that in a habitual way will fall under Third Degree Felony; possible jail term is zero to 5 years and possible fine up to $5,000.
*** (Utah Code §76-3-203, §76-3-204, and §76-3-301)
Points to Consider
- Think of the pros and cons before obtaining a permit for concealed weapon.
- Never provide false information when getting a permit.
- A permit is valid for five years.
- Even with permit, no one is allowed to carry weapons inside churches, prayer meetings or any religious assembly.
- Follow the law every step of the way to protect yourself and others.