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Utah Gun Laws: Can Visitors Carry Their Firearm?

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By    |   Monday, 22 Dec 2014 06:56 PM

Utah gun laws allow many visitors to the state to carry weapons. Whether or not they have a permit recognized and validated by their official state of residence, it is legal for visitors to carry a concealed weapon in Utah.

People who are just traveling through the state also do not have to worry about their concealed firearm, as long as it is unloaded and securely stowed.

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Besides having a conceal-carry law, Utah also is an open-carry state, which means people are allowed to openly carry unloaded guns without a permit.

Without a permit, those guns have to be visible at all times, even if they are what is termed "unloaded." Unloaded means the gun is two positions away from firing.

There are some states that do not recognize a Utah conceal-carry permit, according to Utah's Department of Public Safety. Those states are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.

It is important for visitors to know that there are certain places even people who hold a valid conceal-carry permit are not allowed to take their guns.

In Utah, businesses and churches are required to post a notice if guns are not allowed inside the building. Airports are off-limits, but bus and train terminals are OK with a permit.

Permits are also required for openly carrying a gun on city streets.

Finally, for anyone headed to Utah to do some hunting, do not carry a loaded rifle, shotgun, or muzzle-loading rifle. That is illegal.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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