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Utah Gun Laws

The Utah Department of Public Safety has information available about firearm laws and concealed firearms, with a link to the May 11, 2011 changes to the concealed firearm permit process.  You can also find useful information about concealed firearm permits including a list of certified instructors.

The Utah Concealed Firearm Permit is recognized in several other states.  The Utah Department of Public Safety has a map showing which states recognize the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit.  You can also find details on reciprocity with these states here.

A summary of Utah Firearm Laws including references to the Utah Codes can also be found at the Utah Department of Public Safety.

To view the Utah Code governing firearm laws visit the Utah State Legislature Title 53 Public Safety Code, and Title 76 Chapter 10 sections 501-530.


The following are some common online classified ad and auction scams to target Utah residents:

1) Stolen Property: Scammers have been known to steal property and sell it online in hopes of making some quick cash. Stolen bikes and electronics are often sold this way. If the police discover that you purchased a stolen product you will likely have to return it to its rightful owner and in many circumstances you will not be reimbursed for your purchase.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:
• People selling stolen items are often looking to sell it “quickly.”
• Be wary of people selling multiples of similar items.
• Watch for suspicious back-stories about an item’s history or reason for being sold.

Tips to Protect Yourself:
• Always ask for proof of purchase and/or service records when buying an item online. This not only reduces the chances that the item was stolen, but will help you to better understand or research the quality of the product you are purchasing, as well as information to related to warranties.

2) Money Wiring: Both buyers and sellers have become victims of frauds via money wiring requests. Scam artists using wire serve payments (i.e. Western Union or MoneyGram) often require payment be made this way because they are out of the country, require some fake confirmation code, or don’t have access to a bank.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:
• Be wary of buyers and sellers (or any stranger) that is in a urgent, complicated, or emotional need of payment via a money wiring service. Once wired money has been received on the other end it is untraceable.

Tips to Protect Yourself:
• When paying for a product always pay by credit card and use a secure online payment system such as PayPal (etc.). Both the credit card company and the secure online payment system should have security features in place to protect you should your purchase not be delivered.

3) Overpayment Scams: In this scam the buyer will overpay (usually with a fake money order or cheque) for a product and request that you send back a refund for the difference in price. Often the scammer will request that the refund be sent to a third party. Once you have cashed the fake money order or cheque you are responsible for the funds. Victims often report having just mailed out the product and refunded the overpayment amount to the scammer upon being notified by the bank that the money order or cheque was a fake. Victims are then out both the product and the money.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:
• Know that almost all overpayments are part of a scam.
• Overpayment scams typically require money to be wired or the product to be paid for by money order or cheque.

Tips to Protect Yourself:
• Do not participate in overpayment schemes. If you find yourself part of one contact your local police.
• If you must accept payment from a stranger via money order or cheque be sure to hold the money in your account for an acceptable amount of time before spending it, so that the banks can clear the money order or cheque (typically 3 weeks or more).

4) Phishing Scams: This is a very common scam that takes a number of forms. In this scam victims receive emails that appear to come from an official site administrator (i.e. eBay, Paypal etc.). These emails will at all appearances look official and typically require you to click on a link to sign into your account or update your account information (often and ironically claiming to be for security purposes). One you click on the link and enter your information you have just given the scammer access to your personal and account information from which they can now operate. Often in the cases of eBay the scammer will then “purchase” products using your financial information, but have the items shipped directly to themselves.

Recognizing the Patterns of Fraud:
• Phishing emails often have spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in them.
• Be wary of unsolicited contact via email from company’s, organizations, banks etc. asking you to update or enter your account information.

Tips to Protect Yourself:
• Always check the specifics of who an email is “from” before opening it or clicking on any links. Check the “from” email address against other normal email correspondence you may have received from the company/organization.
• If you receive an email requesting that you update or enter your account information do not click on the link. Instead go directly to the website yourself, typing in the address or using your bookmark, rather than following a link from another source.
• Don’t be lured away from secure sites. Always check the URL to ensure it is legitimate before entering personal information in a website.
State Laws and Published Ordinances (Statutes):
Permanent Brady Permit Chart:

Firearms Information:

National Licensing Center:

ATF Online Learning Center:

Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide:

Don’t Lie for the Other Guy 
Purchase a gun for someone who can’t buy and buy yourself 10 years in jail:
Firearms Law Center
Firearms Policies:

Federal Law: 

Hunting & Shooting Sports Heritage Foundation
Hunting and Shoot Organization: 

Legislative and Legal Issues:

Legal Cases and Information:

International Hunter Education Association

National Association of Firearms Retailers

National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers

National Shooting Sports Foundation

State Specific Legislation:

Industry News:

Citizen’s Guide to Federal Firearm Laws:

Firearms Facts 2003:

Right to Carry:

Firearms Glossary:

State Laws (NRA synopsis):

Grass Roots Activism:

Fact Sheets:

Federal Firearms Laws:

Industry News:

Shooting Information:

Legal & Legislative:
State Concealed Weapons Laws:

Airline Travel & Firearms:

Shooting Industry
Shooting Industry News:

The Gun Guy 
Industry Links:

U.S. Olympic Shooting Team
Team Web Site:
Find a Shooting Range:

NOTE: Under Federal law, you may not sell a firearm to a person who is not a resident of Utah in a private party transaction (meaning without a Federal Firearms License). While not required, it is HIGHLY recommended that you conduct the transaction with a bill of sale that includes the make, model, serial number and caliber of the firearm you sell or buy. Be sure to verify that the person buying or selling the firearm is a Utah resident with valid identification.

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