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First Substitute H.B. 357

This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM by rday. -->

Representative Stephen E. Sandstrom proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Criminal Code related to firearms.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies the criminal penalties exception provisions related to carrying a concealed
             13      firearm to apply to a vehicle in a person's lawful possession and to a vehicle in the
             14      lawful possession of another, with the consent of that person;
             15          .    allows a person to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle in the person's lawful
             16      possession or in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of
             17      the vehicle;
             18          .    allows for the possession of a loaded firearm, on a person's real property; and
             19          .    makes certain technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:

             26          76-10-504, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 2
             27          76-10-505, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 328
             28          76-10-511, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 234
             29          76-10-523, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 202
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 76-10-504 is amended to read:
             33           76-10-504. Carrying concealed dangerous weapon -- Penalties.
             34          (1) Except as provided in Section 76-10-503 and in Subsections (2) [and], (3)[: (a)] and
             35      (4), a person who carries a concealed dangerous weapon, as defined in Section 76-10-501 ,
             36      [which is not a] including an unloaded firearm on his or her person or one that is readily
             37      accessible for immediate use which is not securely encased, as defined in this part, in or on a
             38      place other than [his] the person's residence, property, a vehicle in the person's lawful
             39      possession, or a vehicle, with the consent of the individual who is lawfully in possession of the
             40      vehicle, or business under [his] the person's control is guilty of a class B misdemeanor[; and]
             41          [(b) a person without a valid concealed firearm permit]
             42          (2) A person who carries a concealed dangerous weapon which is a loaded firearm [and
             43      that contains no ammunition is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, but if the firearm contains
             44      ammunition the person] in violation of Subsection (1) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             45          [(2)] (3) A person who carries concealed a sawed-off shotgun or a sawed-off rifle is
             46      guilty of a second degree felony.
             47          [(3)] (4) If the concealed firearm is used in the commission of a violent felony as
             48      defined in Section 76-3-203.5 , and the person is a party to the offense, the person is guilty of a
             49      second degree felony.
             50          [(4)] (5) Nothing in Subsection (1) or (2) shall prohibit a person engaged in the lawful
             51      taking of protected or unprotected wildlife as defined in Title 23, Wildlife Resources Code,
             52      from carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm with a barrel length of four inches or
             53      greater as long as the taking of wildlife does not occur:
             54          (a) within the limits of a municipality in violation of that municipality's ordinances; or
             55          (b) upon the highways of the state as defined in Section 41-6a-102 .
             56          Section 2. Section 76-10-505 is amended to read:

             57           76-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street.
             58          (1) Unless otherwise authorized by law, a person may not carry a loaded firearm:
             59          (a) in or on a vehicle[;], unless:
             60          (i) the vehicle is in the person's lawful possession; or
             61          (ii) the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person
             62      lawfully in possession of the vehicle.
             63          (b) on [any] a public street; or
             64          (c) in a posted prohibited area.
             64a      S.     (2) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to a minor under 18 years of age, since a minor
             64b      under 18 years of age may not carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.

             64c          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a)(i) and (ii), a person may not possess a loaded rifle,
             64d      shotgun, or muzzle-loading rifle in a vehicle.
             65          [ (2) ] (4) .S
A violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor.
             66          Section 3. Section 76-10-511 is amended to read:
             67           76-10-511. Possession of loaded firearm at residence or on real property
             68      authorized.
             69          Except for persons described in Section 76-10-503 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(g) S. and as
             69a      otherwise prescribed in this part .S , a person
             70      may have a loaded firearm [at his]:
             71          (1) at the person's place of residence, including any temporary residence or camp[.]; or
             72          (2) on the person's real property.
             73          Section 4. Section 76-10-523 is amended to read:
             74           76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.
             75          (1) This part and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Weapon Act, do not apply to
             76      any of the following:
             77          (a) a United States marshal;
             78          (b) a federal official required to carry a firearm;
             79          (c) a peace officer of this or any other jurisdiction;
             80          (d) a law enforcement official as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             81          (e) a judge as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             82          (f) a common carrier while engaged in the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as
             83      merchandise; or
             84          (g) a nonresident traveling in or through the state, provided that any firearm is:
             85          (i) unloaded; and
             86          (ii) securely encased as defined in Section 76-10-501 .
             87          (2) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504 (1)[(a), (1)(b)] and (2), and Section

             88      76-10-505 do not apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been
             89      issued:
             90          (a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704 ; or
             91          (b) by another state or county.

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