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H.B. 350 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Curtis Oda

Senate Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions of the Concealed Weapons Act related to the certification
             10      of concealed firearms instructors.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires an applicant for certification as a concealed firearms instructor to have a
             14      current National Rifle Association certification or its equivalent as determined by
             15      the Law Enforcement and Technical Services Division of the Department of Public
             16      Safety;
             17          .    provides that the certification, when issued, is valid for a three-year period;
             18          .    provides that a concealed firearms instructor, in order to renew a certification, shall
             19      attend a renewal course and pass a renewal test under the direction of the Criminal
             20      Investigations and Technical Services Division;
             21          .    provides for certification and renewal of certification fees;
             22          .    provides a procedure for issuing certificates to students who complete a course of
             23      instruction given by a certified concealed firearms instructor; and
             24          .    makes certain technical changes.
             25      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             30      AMENDS:
             31          53-5-704, as last amended by Chapter 282, Laws of Utah 2005
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 53-5-704 is amended to read:
             35           53-5-704. Division duties -- Permit to carry concealed firearm -- Certification for
             36      concealed firearms instructor -- Requirements for issuance -- Violation -- Denial,
             37      suspension, or revocation -- Appeal procedure.
             38          (1) (a) The division or its designated agent shall issue a permit to carry a concealed
             39      firearm for lawful self defense to an applicant who is 21 years of age or older within 60 days
             40      after receiving an application, unless during the 60-day period the division finds proof that the
             41      applicant is not of good character.
             42          (b) The permit is valid throughout the state for five years, without restriction, except as
             43      otherwise provided by Section 53-5-710 [for five years].
             44          (2) (a) An applicant satisfactorily demonstrates good character if the applicant:
             45          [(a)] (i) has not been convicted of a felony;
             46          [(b)] (ii) has not been convicted of a crime of violence;
             47          [(c)] (iii) has not been convicted of an offense involving the use of alcohol;
             48          [(d)] (iv) has not been convicted of an offense involving the unlawful use of narcotics
             49      or other controlled substances;
             50          [(e)] (v) has not been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude;
             51          [(f)] (vi) has not been convicted of an offense involving domestic violence;
             52          [(g)] (vii) has not been adjudicated by a state or federal court [of a state or of the
             53      United States] as mentally incompetent, unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or
             54      reversed; and
             55          [(h)] (viii) is qualified to purchase and possess a [dangerous weapon and a handgun]
             56      firearm pursuant to Section 76-10-503 and federal law.
             57          (b) In assessing good character under Subsection (2)(a), the licensing authority shall

             58      consider mitigating circumstances.
             59          (3) (a) The division may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit if [the
             60      licensing authority] it has reasonable cause to believe that the applicant has been or is a danger
             61      to self or others as demonstrated by evidence, including[, but not limited to]:
             62          (i) past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence;
             63          (ii) past participation in incidents involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful
             64      violence; or
             65          (iii) conviction of an offense in violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
             66          (b) The division may not deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit solely
             67      for a single conviction for an infraction violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
             68          (c) In determining whether the applicant has been or is a danger to self or others, the
             69      division may inspect:
             70          (i) expunged records of arrests and convictions of adults as provided in Section
             71      77-18-15 ; and
             72          (ii) juvenile court records as provided in Section 78-3a-206 .
             73          (d) (i) If a person granted a permit under this part has been charged with a crime of
             74      violence in any state, the division shall suspend the permit.
             75          (ii) Upon notice of the acquittal of the person charged, or notice of the charges having
             76      been dropped, the division shall immediately reinstate the suspended permit.
             77          (4) A former peace officer who departs full-time employment as a peace officer, in an
             78      honorable manner, shall be issued a concealed firearm permit within five years of that
             79      departure if the officer meets the requirements of this section.
             80          [(5) In assessing good character under Subsection (2), the licensing authority shall
             81      consider mitigating circumstances.]
             82          [(6)] (5) Except as provided in Subsection [(7)] (6), the licensing authority shall also
             83      require the applicant to provide:
             84          (a) the address of the applicant's permanent residence;
             85          (b) one recent dated photograph;

             86          (c) one set of fingerprints; and
             87          (d) evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as defined
             88      in Subsection [(8)] (7).
             89          [(7)] (6) An applicant who is a law enforcement officer under Section 53-13-103 may
             90      provide a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer in place of the [items]
             91      evidence required by Subsection [(6)] (5)(d).
             92          [(8)] (7) (a) General familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed includes
             93      training in:
             94          (i) the safe loading, unloading, storage, and carrying of the types of firearms to be
             95      concealed; and
             96          (ii) current laws defining lawful use of a firearm by a private citizen, including lawful
             97      self-defense, use of force by a private citizen, including use of deadly force, transportation, and
             98      concealment.
             99          (b) Evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed may be
             100      satisfied by one of the following:
             101          (i) completion of a course of instruction conducted by [any] a national, state, or local
             102      firearms training organization approved by the division;
             103          (ii) certification of general familiarity by a person who has been certified by the
             104      division, which may include a law enforcement officer, military or civilian firearms instructor,
             105      or hunter safety instructor; or
             106          (iii) equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in an organized
             107      shooting competition, law enforcement, or military service.
             108          (c) [Any instruction] Instruction taken by a student under Subsection [(8)] (7)(b) shall
             109      be in person and not through electronic means.
             110          [(9)] (8) (a) An applicant for certification as a Utah concealed firearms instructor shall:
             111          [(a)] (i) be at least 21 years of age; [and]
             112          [(b)] (ii) be currently eligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 and federal
             113      law[.];

             114          (iii) have a current National Rifle Association certification or its equivalent as
             115      determined by the division; and
             116          (iv) for certificates issued beginning July 1, 2006, have taken a course of instruction
             117      and passed a certification test as described in Subsection (8)(c).
             118          (b) An instructor's certification is valid for three years from the date of issuance, unless
             119      revoked by the division.
             120          (c) (i) In order to obtain initial certification or renew a certification, an instructor shall
             121      attend an instructional course and pass a test under the direction of the division.
             122          (ii) (A) Beginning May 1, 2006, the division shall provide or contract to provide the
             123      course referred to in Subsection (8)(c)(i) twice every year.
             124          (B) The course shall include instruction on current Utah law related to firearms,
             125      including concealed carry statutes and rules, and the use of deadly force by private citizens.
             126          (d) (i) Each applicant for certification under this Subsection (8) shall pay a fee of
             127      $50.00 at the time of application for initial certification.
             128          (ii) The renewal fee for the certificate is $25.
             129          (iii) The fees paid under Subsections (8)(d)(i) and (ii) may be used by the division as a
             130      dedicated credit to cover the cost incurred in maintaining and improving the instruction
             131      program required for concealed firearm instructors under this Subsection (8).
             132          [(10)] (9) [Each] A certified concealed firearms instructor shall provide each of the
             133      instructor's students with the required course of instruction outline approved by the division.
             134          [(11) All] (10) (a) (i) A concealed firearms [instructors are] instructor is required to
             135      provide a signed certificate to [persons] a person successfully completing the offered course of
             136      instruction[, which certificate shall be provided by the applicant].
             137          (ii) The instructor shall sign the certificate with the exact name indicated on the
             138      instructor's certification issued by the division under Subsection (8).
             139          (iii) (A) The certificate shall also have affixed to it the instructor's official seal, which
             140      is the exclusive property of the instructor and may not be used by any other person.
             141          (B) The instructor shall destroy the seal upon revocation or expiration of the

             142      instructor's certification under Subsection (8).
             143          (C) The division shall determine the design and content of the seal to include at least
             144      the following:
             145          (I) the instructor's name as it appears on the instructor's certification;
             146          (II) the words "Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor," "state of Utah," and "my
             147      certification expires on (the instructor's certification expiration date)"; and
             148          (III) the instructor's business or residence address.
             149          (D) The seal shall be affixed to each student certificate issued by the instructor in a
             150      manner that does not obscure or render illegible any information or signatures contained in the
             151      document.
             152          (b) The applicant shall provide the certificate to the division in compliance with
             153      Subsection (5)(d).
             154          [(12)] (11) The division may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification of a concealed
             155      firearms instructor if [the licensing authority] it has reason to believe the applicant has:
             156          (a) become ineligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 or federal law; or
             157          (b) knowingly and willfully provided false information to the division.
             158          [(13)] (12) A concealed firearms instructor has the same appeal rights as set forth in
             159      Subsection [(16)] (15).
             160          [(14)] (13) In providing instruction and issuing a permit under this part, the concealed
             161      firearms instructor and the licensing authority [is] are not vicariously liable for damages caused
             162      by the permit holder.
             163          [(15)] (14) [If any person] An individual who knowingly and willfully provides false
             164      information on an application filed under this part[, he] is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, and
             165      [his] the application may be denied, or [his] the permit may be suspended or revoked.
             166          [(16)] (15) (a) In the event of a denial, suspension, or revocation [by the agency] of a
             167      permit, the applicant may file a petition for review with the board within 60 days from the date
             168      the denial, suspension, or revocation is received by the applicant by certified mail, return
             169      receipt requested.

             170          (b) The denial of a permit shall be in writing and shall include the general reasons for
             171      the action.
             172          (c) If an applicant appeals [his] the denial to the review board, the applicant may have
             173      access to the evidence upon which the denial is based in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 2,
             174      Government Records Access and Management Act.
             175          (d) On appeal to the board, the agency [shall have] has the burden of proof by a
             176      preponderance of the evidence.
             177          (e) (i) Upon a ruling by the board on the appeal of a denial, the division shall issue a
             178      final order within 30 days stating the board's decision.
             179          (ii) The final order shall be in the form prescribed by Subsection 63-46b-5 (1)(i).
             180          (iii) The final order is final agency action for purposes of judicial review under Section
             181      63-46b-15 .
             182          [(17)] (16) The commissioner may make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter
             183      46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this chapter.

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