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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Utah, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 45.0%1
2002: 45.3%2
2001: 43.9%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Utah, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 39.61%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Utah, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 52.6%5 6
1991/2000: 58.8%
1981/1990: 62.7%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Utah, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3377
2013: 339
2012: 324
2011: 308
2010: 314
2009: 260
2008: 238
2007: 253
2006: 224
2005: 227
2004: 225
2003: 230
2002: 207
2001: 229
2000: 193
1999: 192

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 11.457
2013: 11.68
2012: 11.35
2011: 10.94
2010: 11.36
2009: 9.55
2008: 8.94
2007: 9.74
2006: 8.87
2005: 9.24
2004: 9.37
2003: 9.75
2002: 8.90
2001: 10.03
2000: 8.64
1999: 8.71

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Utah, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 537
2012: 46
2011: 57
2010: 52
2009: 51
2008: 46
2007: 68
2006: 52
2005: 63
2004: 45
2003: 58
2002: 54
2001: 77
2000: 52
1999: 51

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.837
2012: 1.61
2011: 2.03
2010: 1.88
2009: 1.87
2008: 1.73
2007: 2.62
2006: 2.06
2005: 2.56
2004: 1.87
2003: 2.46
2002: 2.32
2001: 3.37
2000: 2.33
1999: 2.31

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Utah, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 337
2012: 28
2011: 27
2010: 27
2009: 30
2008: 24
2007: 40
2006: 29
2005: 33
2004: 30
2003: 37
2002: 27
2001: 40
2000: 16
1999: 30

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.147
2012: 0.98
2011: 0.96
2010: 0.98
2009: 1.10
2008: 0.90
2007: 1.54
2006: 1.15
2005: 1.34
2004: 1.25
2003: 1.57
2002: 1.16
2001: 1.75
2000: 0.72
1999: 1.36

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Utah, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 259 10
2012: 22
2011: 15
2010: 16
2009: 15
2008: 16
2007: 22
2006: 9
2005: 11
2004: 10
2003: 24
2002: 17
2001: 27
2000: 11
1999: 15
1998: 27
1997: 21
1996: 24
1995: 36

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8612
2012: 0.77
2011: 0.53
2010: 0.58
2009: 0.55
2008: 0.60
2007: 0.85
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.45
2004: 0.42
2003: 1.02
2002: 0.73
2001: 1.18
2000: 0.49
1999: 0.68
1998: 1.25
1997: 0.99
1996: 1.16
1995: 1.79

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Utah, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 39 10
2012: 3
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 5
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 7
2004: 0
2003: 2
2002: 3
2001: 6
2000: 2
1999: 3
1998: 7
1997: 4
1996: 3
1995: 8

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1012
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.12
2005: 0.28
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.26
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.14
1998: 0.32
1997: 0.19
1996: 0.15
1995: 0.40

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 39 10
2012: 4
2011: 6
2010: 5
2009: 5
2008: 3
2007: 16
2006: 9
2005: 9
2004: 2
2003: 8
2002: 2
2001: 5
2000: 2
1999: 4
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 8
1995: 6

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1012
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.21
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.62
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.37
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.34
2002: 0.09
2001: 0.22
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.18
1998: 0.05
1997: 0.05
1996: 0.39
1995: 0.30

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 2713 10
2012: 25
2011: 24
2010: 23
2009: 25
2008: 22
2007: 32
2006: 23
2005: 23
2004: 22
2003: 29
2002: 19
2001: 31
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 23

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Utah, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.9313 10
2012: 0.88
2011: 0.85
2010: 0.83
2009: 0.92
2008: 0.83
2007: 1.23
2006: 0.91
2005: 0.94
2004: 0.92
2003: 1.23
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 1.36
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 1.04

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Utah, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 5797
2012: 550
2011: 502
2010: 473
2009: 449
2008: 390
2007: 378
2006: 352
2005: 348
2004: 377
2003: 336
2002: 340
2001: 321
2000: 298
1999: 282

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 19.967
2012: 19.27
2011: 17.83
2010: 17.11
2009: 16.49
2008: 14.64
2007: 14.55
2006: 14.33
2005: 14.16
2004: 15.70
2003: 14.24
2002: 14.62
2001: 14.06
2000: 13.34
1999: 12.80

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Utah, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2957
2012: 283
2011: 268
2010: 275
2009: 217
2008: 196
2007: 197
2006: 189
2005: 190
2004: 183
2003: 181
2002: 174
2001: 182
2000: 174
1999: 153

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 10.177
2012: 9.91
2011: 9.52
2010: 9.95
2009: 7.97
2008: 7.36
2007: 7.58
2006: 7.48
2005: 7.73
2004: 7.62
2003: 7.67
2002: 7.48
2001: 7.97
2000: 7.79
1999: 6.94

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Utah, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 18713
2012: 185
2011: 157
2010: 181
2009: 149
2008: 97
2007: 98
2006: 86
2005: 78
2004: 91
2003: 80
2002: 72
2001: 91
2000: 83
1999: 51

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.4513
2012: 6.48
2011: 5.57
2010: 6.55
2009: 5.47
2008: 3.64
2007: 3.77
2006: 3.41
2005: 3.17
2004: 3.79
2003: 3.39
2002: 3.10
2001: 3.98
2000: 3.72
1999: 2.31

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Utah, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 6613
2012: 63
2011: 59
2010: 54
2009: 45
2008: 41
2007: 39
2006: 44
2005: 50
2004: 41
2003: 41
2002: 36
2001: 54
2000: 48
1999: 27

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.2813
2012: 2.21
2011: 2.09
2010: 1.95
2009: 1.65
2008: 1.54
2007: 1.50
2006: 1.74
2005: 2.03
2004: 1.71
2003: 1.74
2002: 1.55
2001: 2.36
2000: 2.15
1999: 1.23

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Utah, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 4213
2012: 35
2011: 52
2010: 40
2009: 23
2008: 58
2007: 60
2006: 59
2005: 62
2004: 51
2003: 60
2002: 66
2001: 37
2000: 43
1999: 75

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.4513
2012: 1.23
2011: 1.85
2010: 1.45
2009: 0.84
2008: 2.18
2007: 2.31
2006: 2.34
2005: 2.52
2004: 2.12
2003: 2.54
2002: 2.84
2001: 1.62
2000: 1.93
1999: 3.40

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Utah, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 1
2004: 4
2003: 5
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 4
2000: 1
1999: 1
0 (suppressed):

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.05

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Utah, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Utah, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Utah, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Utah, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 1
1999: 2

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.17
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.09

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Utah, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Utah, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Utah, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Utah, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Utah, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 618
2010: 7
2009: 0
2008: 1019
2007: 11
2006: 0
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 6
2002: 4
2001: 320
2000: 1
1999: 9
1998: 1
1997: 4
1996: 4
1995: 2

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Utah at a rate of 13.821 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Utah ranked at No. 3121 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Utah is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Utah includes the Utah Criminal Code and the Constitution of Utah 189523

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Utah are regulated by the State of Utah24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Utah, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Utah, civilians are allowed to possess machine guns,30 assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Utah, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Utah, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Utah, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Utah, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Utah is 18 years37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Utah does not stipulate (restraining and protective order only)38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Utah, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Utah, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Utah, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Utah, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Utah, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Utah is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Utah is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Utah, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Utah is reported to be

2015: 1,31646
2014: 1,31647
2013: 1,24148
2012: 1,13349
2011: 1,07150

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Utah, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Utah, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Utah do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Utah do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Utah do not include53 55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply56

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Utah, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Utah, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Utah, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit for loaded firearms and without a permit for unloaded firearms62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Utah, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Utah, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Utah, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (recognises all states)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Utah, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt64 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Utah, private guns are prohibited in buses, "secure area" of airports, "secure areas" in correctional, law enforcement and mental health facilities, churches (where weapons prohibited), any prohibited place,65 vehicles (loaded long guns)55 and schools66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Utah as ‘F’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Utah on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 068
2010: 069
2009: 070
2008: 471
2007: 472

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Utah at No. 2873 among 50 US States


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