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First Substitute H.B. 76

Representative John G. Mathis proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: John G. Mathis

Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             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 firearm.
             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 firearm, from certain criminal provisions related to the carrying
             15      of an unloaded concealed firearm.
             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, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 362
             23          76-10-505.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 91
             24          76-10-523, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 362

             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 76-10-505 is amended to read:
             28           76-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street.
             29          (1) Unless otherwise authorized by law, a person may not carry a loaded firearm:
             30          (a) in or on a vehicle, unless:
             31          (i) the vehicle is in the person's lawful possession; or
             32          (ii) the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person
             33      lawfully in possession of the vehicle;
             34          (b) on a public street; or
             35          (c) in a posted prohibited area.
             36          (2) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to a minor under 18 years of age, since a minor
             37      under 18 years of age may not carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
             38          (3) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a)(i) and (ii), and Subsection 76-10-523 (3), a
             39      person may not possess a loaded rifle, shotgun, or muzzle-loading rifle in a vehicle.
             40          (4) A violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor.
             41          Section 2. Section 76-10-505.5 is amended to read:
             42           76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun on
             43      or about school premises -- Penalties.
             44          (1) As used in this section, "on or about school premises" means:
             45          (a) (i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school; or
             46          (ii) on the grounds of any of those schools;
             47          (b) (i) in a public or private institution of higher education; or
             48          (ii) on the grounds of a public or private institution of higher education; and
             49          (iii) (A) inside the building where a preschool or child care is being held, if the entire
             50      building is being used for the operation of the preschool or child care; or
             51          (B) if only a portion of a building is being used to operate a preschool or child care, in
             52      that room or rooms where the preschool or child care operation is being held.
             53          (2) A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun, as
             54      those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501 , at a place that the person knows, or has
             55      reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in this section.
             56          (3) (a) Possession of a dangerous weapon on or about school premises is a class B

             57      misdemeanor.
             58          (b) Possession of a firearm or sawed-off shotgun on or about school premises is a class
             59      A misdemeanor.
             60          (4) This section does not apply if:
             61          (a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704 ,
             62      53-5-705 , 76-10-511 , or Subsection 76-10-523 (1) or (2), or as otherwise authorized by law;
             63          (b) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;
             64          (c) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity and
             65      is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use; or
             66          (d) the possession is:
             67          (i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property; or
             68          (ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by
             69      the school or used by the school to transport students.
             70          (5) This section does not prohibit prosecution of a more serious weapons offense that
             71      may occur on or about school premises.
             72          Section 3. Section 76-10-523 is amended to read:
             73           76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.
             74          (1) This part and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Weapon Act, do not apply to
             75      any of the following:
             76          (a) a United States marshal;
             77          (b) a federal official required to carry a firearm;
             78          (c) a peace officer of this or any other jurisdiction;
             79          (d) a law enforcement official as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             80          (e) a judge as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711 ;
             81          (f) a common carrier while engaged in the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as
             82      merchandise; or
             83          (g) a nonresident traveling in or through the state, provided that any firearm is:
             84          (i) unloaded; and
             85          (ii) securely encased as defined in Section 76-10-501 .
             86          (2) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504 (1) and (2), and Section 76-10-505 do not
             87      apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been issued:

             88          (a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704 ; or
             89          (b) by another state or county.
             90          (3) The provisions of Subsection 76-10-504(1) does not apply to a person 21 years of
             91      age or older who may lawfully possess a firearm, as long as the firearm is not loaded.

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