Utah Gun Law 5th Edition Updates as of 1 17 2024

One of the most significant recent changes in Utah Gun Law is the concept known as "Constitutional Carry" or "permitless carry."  The change in the law allows US citizens legally permitted to possess firearms, who are  21 years old and older, to carry loaded concealed defensive handguns in their own vehicles and on Utah public streets without having concealed firearms permits.  This occurred during the 2021 Legislative Session in a bill known as HB60 and became law on May 5th 2021.  Those 21 and older without permits are still prohibited from carrying loaded rifles and shotguns in their vehicles.  By federal law such persons are still prohibited from carrying firearms into elementary and secondary school zones.  Because of Utah's "preemption statute" Public Universities are only allowed to prohibit firearms in a room set aside for disciplinary hearings. Also, students may request a roommate who is not a concealed firearm permit holder.  Other than that, students in public colleges and universities may carry a loaded concealed firearm if the student is 21 years old or older and may otherwise possess a firearm. Those convicted of felonies and domestic violence misdemeanors may not possess firearms as we indicate in our book.  The entirety of HB60 may be viewed at le.utah.gov, click "Bills," then "2021 Bills:" then to the right of that "2021 General Session." Students who are not US citizens that have a non-immigrant status visa may only possess or purchase firearms if they have a valid hunting permit (there are other exceptions as well - it's complicated).  Otherwise, aliens, whether students or not,  with a valid "green card" (Legal Permanent Resident status) may also purchase and possess firearms.