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6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill modifies the Concealed Weapon Act by modifying provisions related to the
9 permit required to carry a concealed firearm.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . modifies the training requirement to qualify for a permit to carry a concealed
13 firearm by including instruction in the firing and securing of a concealed firearm;
14 . provides for denial, suspension, or revocation of the certification of a concealed
15 firearms instructor who fails to provide required instruction; and
16 . makes certain technical changes.
17 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 53-5-704, as last amended by Chapter 107, Laws of Utah 2000
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 53-5-704 is amended to read:
27 53-5-704. Division duties -- Permit to carry concealed firearm -- Certification for
28 concealed firearms instructor -- Requirements for issuance -- Violation -- Denial,
29 suspension, or revocation -- Appeal procedure.
30 (1) (a) The division or its designated agent shall issue a permit to carry a concealed
31 firearm for lawful self defense to an applicant who is 21 years of age or older:
32 (i) within 60 days after receiving an application [
33 (ii) upon proof that the [
34 (iii) after the applicant provides evidence of general familiarity with the type of firearm
35 to be concealed pursuant to Subsection (7).
36 (b) The permit is valid throughout the state for five years, without restriction, except as
37 provided by Section 53-5-710 [
40 (2) (a) An applicant satisfactorily demonstrates good character if [
46 narcotics or other controlled substances;
50 mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed; and
52 pursuant to Section 76-10-503 and federal law.
53 (b) In assessing good character, the licensing authority shall consider mitigating
55 (3) (a) The division may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit if [
57 to self or others as demonstrated by evidence including[
58 (i) a past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful
60 (ii) past participation in incidents involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful
61 violence; or
62 (iii) conviction of [
64 (b) The division may not deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit solely
65 for a single conviction for an infraction violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
66 (c) In determining whether the applicant has been or is a danger to self or others, the
67 division may inspect:
68 (i) expunged records of arrests and convictions of adults as provided in Section
69 77-18-15 ; and
70 (ii) juvenile court records as provided in Section 78-3a-206 .
71 (d) (i) If a person granted a permit under this part has been charged with a crime of
72 violence in [
73 (ii) Upon notice of the acquittal of the person charged, or notice of the charges having
74 been dropped, the division shall immediately reinstate the suspended permit.
75 (4) A former peace officer who departs full-time employment as a peace officer, in an
76 honorable manner, shall be issued a concealed firearm permit within five years of that
77 departure if the officer meets the requirements of this section.
81 shall also require the applicant to provide:
82 (a) the address of applicant's permanent residence;
83 (b) letters of character reference;
84 (c) two recent dated photographs;
85 (d) two sets of fingerprints;
86 (e) a five-year employment history; and
87 (f) a five-year residential history[
91 provide a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer in place of the items
92 required by Subsections [
94 concealed includes training in:
95 (i) the safe loading, unloading, [
96 maintaining of, and carrying of the [
97 (ii) current criminal and civil laws defining lawful use of a firearm by a private citizen,
98 including lawful self-defense, judgmental shooting, use of force by a private citizen including
99 use of deadly force, transportation, and concealment.
100 (b) Evidence of general familiarity with the [
101 concealed [
102 (i) the applicant's completion of a course of instruction conducted by [
103 state, or local firearms training organization approved by the division;
104 (ii) certification of an applicant's general familiarity with the type of firearm to be
105 concealed by a person who has been certified by the division, which may include a law
106 enforcement officer, military or civilian firearms instructor, or hunter safety instructor; or
107 (iii) equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in an organized
108 shooting competition, law enforcement, or military service.
110 (a) be at least 21 years of age; and
111 (b) be currently eligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 and federal law.
113 each of the instructor's students with the required course of instruction outline approved by the
116 provide a signed certificate to [
117 certificate shall be provided by the applicant to the division.
119 firearms instructor if [
120 (a) become ineligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 or federal law; [
121 (b) knowingly and willfully provided false information to the division[
122 (c) failed to provide the instruction required for a student to obtain general familiarity
123 with a firearm required under this section.
125 Subsection [
127 designated agent is not vicariously liable for damages caused by the permit holder.
129 on an application filed under this part[
130 person's application may be denied, or [
132 division, the applicant may file a petition for review with the board within 60 days from the
133 date the denial, suspension, or revocation is received by the applicant by certified mail, return
134 receipt requested.
135 (b) The denial of a permit shall be in writing and shall include the general reasons for
136 the action.
137 (c) If an applicant appeals [
138 access to the evidence upon which the denial is based in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 2,
139 Government Records Access and Management Act.
140 (d) On appeal to the board, the [
141 a preponderance of the evidence.
142 (e) (i) Upon a ruling by the board on the appeal of a denial, the division shall issue a
143 final order within 30 days stating the board's decision.
144 (ii) The final order shall be in the form prescribed by Subsection 63-46b-5 (1)(i).
145 (iii) The division's final order is final agency action for purposes of judicial review
146 under Section 63-46b-15 .
148 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this chapter.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-15-04 2:18 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.