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H.B. 295






Sponsor: James A. Ferrin

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to the application for and issuance of a concealed
             10      firearm permit.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies the type and amount of information an applicant is required to provide in
             14      order to receive a permit to carry a concealed firearm; and
             15          .    makes certain technical changes.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          53-5-704, as last amended by Chapter 107, Laws of Utah 2000
             23          53-5-706, as last amended by Chapter 12, Laws of Utah 1994
             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 within 60 days
             32      after receiving an application and upon proof that the person applying is of good character.
             33          (b) The permit is valid throughout the state, without restriction except as provided by
             34      Section 53-5-710 [: (a) for two years; or (b)] for five years [for permits issued or renewed on or
             35      after May 1, 1998].
             36          (2) An applicant satisfactorily demonstrates good character if he:
             37          (a) has not been convicted of a felony;
             38          (b) has not been convicted of [any] a crime of violence;
             39          (c) has not been convicted of [any offenses] an offense involving the use of alcohol;
             40          (d) has not been convicted of [any] an offense involving the unlawful use of narcotics
             41      or other controlled substances;
             42          (e) has not been convicted of [any offenses] an offense involving moral turpitude;
             43          (f) has not been convicted of [any] an offense involving domestic violence;
             44          (g) has not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally
             45      incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed; and
             46          (h) is qualified to purchase and possess a dangerous weapon and a handgun pursuant to
             47      Section 76-10-503 and federal law.
             48          (3) (a) The division may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit if the
             49      licensing authority has reasonable cause to believe that the applicant has been or is a danger to
             50      self or others as demonstrated by evidence including, but not limited to:
             51          (i) past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence;
             52          (ii) past participation in incidents involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful
             53      violence; or
             54          (iii) conviction of [any] an offense in violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5,
             55      Weapons.
             56          (b) The division may not deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit solely
             57      for a single conviction for an infraction violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
             58          (c) In determining whether the applicant has been or is a danger to self or others, the

             59      division may inspect:
             60          (i) expunged records of arrests and convictions of adults as provided in Section
             61      77-18-15 ; and
             62          (ii) juvenile court records as provided in Section 78-3a-206 .
             63          (d) (i) If a person granted a permit under this part has been charged with a crime of
             64      violence in [Utah or] any [other] state, the division shall suspend the permit.
             65          (ii) Upon notice of the acquittal of the person charged, or notice of the charges having
             66      been dropped, the division shall immediately reinstate the suspended permit.
             67          (4) A former peace officer who departs full-time employment as a peace officer, in an
             68      honorable manner, shall be issued a concealed firearm permit within five years of that
             69      departure if the officer meets the requirements of this section.
             70          (5) In assessing good character under Subsection (2), the licensing authority shall
             71      consider mitigating circumstances.
             72          (6) Except as provided in Subsection (7), the licensing authority shall also require the
             73      applicant to provide:
             74          (a) address of applicant's permanent residence;
             75          [(b) letters of character reference;]
             76          [(c) two] (b) one recent dated [photographs] photograph;
             77          [(d) two sets] (c) one set of fingerprints; and
             78          [(e) a five-year employment history;]
             79          [(f) a five-year residential history; and]
             80          [(g)] (d) evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as
             81      defined in Subsection (8).
             82          (7) An applicant who is a law enforcement officer under Section 53-13-103 may
             83      provide a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer in place of the items
             84      required by [Subsections (6)(b), (e), (f), and (g)] Subsection (6)(d).
             85          (8) (a) General familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed includes training
             86      in:
             87          (i) the safe loading, unloading, storage, and carrying of the types of firearms to be
             88      concealed; and
             89          (ii) current laws defining lawful use of a firearm by a private citizen, including lawful

             90      self-defense, use of force by a private citizen including use of deadly force, transportation, and
             91      concealment.
             92          (b) Evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed may be
             93      satisfied by one of the following:
             94          (i) completion of a course of instruction conducted by any national, state, or local
             95      firearms training organization approved by the division;
             96          (ii) certification of general familiarity by a person who has been certified by the
             97      division, which may include a law enforcement officer, military or civilian firearms instructor,
             98      or hunter safety instructor; or
             99          (iii) equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in an organized
             100      shooting competition, law enforcement, or military service.
             101          (9) An applicant for certification as a Utah concealed firearms instructor shall:
             102          (a) be at least 21 years of age; and
             103          (b) be currently eligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 and federal law.
             104          (10) Each certified concealed firearms instructor shall provide [for his] each of the
             105      instructor's students with the required course of instruction outline approved by the division.
             106          (11) All concealed firearms instructors are required to provide a signed certificate to
             107      persons completing the course of instruction, which certificate shall be provided by the
             108      applicant to the division.
             109          (12) The division may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification of a concealed
             110      firearms instructor if the licensing authority has reason to believe the applicant has:
             111          (a) become ineligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 or federal law; or
             112          (b) knowingly and willfully provided false information to the division.
             113          (13) A concealed firearms instructor has the same appeal rights as set forth in
             114      Subsection (16).
             115          (14) In issuing a permit under this part, the licensing authority is not vicariously liable
             116      for damages caused by the permit holder.
             117          (15) If any person knowingly and willfully provides false information on an application
             118      filed under this part, he is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, and his application may be denied,
             119      or his permit may be suspended or revoked.
             120          (16) (a) In the event of a denial, suspension, or revocation by the agency, the applicant

             121      may file a petition for review with the board within 60 days from the date the denial,
             122      suspension, or revocation is received by the applicant by certified mail, return receipt
             123      requested.
             124          (b) The denial of a permit shall be in writing and shall include the general reasons for
             125      the action.
             126          (c) If an applicant appeals his denial to the review board, the applicant may have access
             127      to the evidence upon which the denial is based in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 2,
             128      Government Records Access and Management Act.
             129          (d) On appeal to the board, the agency shall have the burden of proof by a
             130      preponderance of the evidence.
             131          (e) (i) Upon a ruling by the board on the appeal of a denial, the division shall issue a
             132      final order within 30 days stating the board's decision.
             133          (ii) The final order shall be in the form prescribed by Subsection 63-46b-5 (1)(i).
             134          (iii) The final order is final agency action for purposes of judicial review under Section
             135      63-46b-15 .
             136          (17) The commissioner may make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
             137      Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this chapter.
             138          Section 2. Section 53-5-706 is amended to read:
             139           53-5-706. Permit -- Fingerprints transmitted to division -- Report from division.
             140          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the fingerprints of each applicant shall be
             141      taken on [two copies of forms] a form prescribed by the division and shall be forwarded to the
             142      division.
             143          (b) Upon receipt of the fingerprints and the fee prescribed in Section 53-5-707 , the
             144      division shall conduct a search of its files for criminal history information pertaining to the
             145      applicant, and shall request the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct a similar search
             146      through its files.
             147          (c) The division shall promptly furnish the forwarding licensing authority a report of all
             148      data and information pertaining to any applicant of which there is a record in its office, or of
             149      which a record is found in the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
             150          (d) A permit may not be issued by any licensing authority until receipt of the report
             151      from the division.

             152          (2) If the permit applicant has previously applied to the same licensing authority for a
             153      permit to carry concealed firearms and the applicant's fingerprints and fee have been previously
             154      forwarded within one year to the division, the licensing authority shall note the previous
             155      identification numbers and other data which would provide positive identification in the files of
             156      the division on the copy of any subsequent permit submitted to the division in accordance with
             157      this section, and no additional application form, fingerprints, or fee are required.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-04 2:27 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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