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H.B. 76

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CONCEALED WEAPON CARRY AMENDMENTS

             2     
2013 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: John G. Mathis

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Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons, related to conduct
             10      involving the carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides an exemption for a person, who is 21 years of age or older and who may
             14      lawfully possess a dangerous weapon, from certain criminal provisions related to
             15      the carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          76-10-505.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 91
             23          76-10-523, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 362
             24     
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 76-10-505.5 is amended to read:
             27           76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun on


             28      or about school premises -- Penalties.
             29          (1) As used in this section, "on or about school premises" means:
             30          (a) (i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school; or
             31          (ii) on the grounds of any of those schools;
             32          (b) (i) in a public or private institution of higher education; or
             33          (ii) on the grounds of a public or private institution of higher education; and
             34          (iii) (A) inside the building where a preschool or child care is being held, if the entire
             35      building is being used for the operation of the preschool or child care; or
             36          (B) if only a portion of a building is being used to operate a preschool or child care, in
             37      that room or rooms where the preschool or child care operation is being held.
             38          (2) A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun, as
             39      those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501 , at a place that the person knows, or has
             40      reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in this section.
             41          (3) (a) Possession of a dangerous weapon on or about school premises is a class B
             42      misdemeanor.
             43          (b) Possession of a firearm or sawed-off shotgun on or about school premises is a class
             44      A misdemeanor.
             45          (4) This section does not apply if:
             46          (a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704 ,
             47      53-5-705 , 76-10-511 , or Subsection 76-10-523 (1) or (2), or as otherwise authorized by law;
             48          (b) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;
             49          (c) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity and
             50      is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use; or
             51          (d) the possession is:
             52          (i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property; or
             53          (ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by
             54      the school or used by the school to transport students.
             55          (5) This section does not prohibit prosecution of a more serious weapons offense that
             56      may occur on or about school premises.
             57          Section 2. Section 76-10-523 is amended to read:
             58           76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.


             59          (1) This part and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Weapon Act, do not apply to
             60      any of the following:
             61          (a) a United States marshal;
             62          (b) a federal official required to carry a firearm;
             63          (c) a peace officer of this or any other jurisdiction;
             64          (d) a law enforcement official as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             65          (e) a judge as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             66          (f) a common carrier while engaged in the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as
             67      merchandise; or
             68          (g) a nonresident traveling in or through the state, provided that any firearm is:
             69          (i) unloaded; and
             70          (ii) securely encased as defined in Section 76-10-501 .
             71          (2) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504 (1) and (2), and Section 76-10-505 do not
             72      apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been issued:
             73          (a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704 ; or
             74          (b) by another state or county.
             75          (3) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504 (1) and (2) and Section 76-10-505 do not
             76      apply to a person 21 years of age or older who may lawfully possess a dangerous weapon.




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