Chief Sponsor: Norman K. Thurston

Senate Sponsor: Jacob L. Anderegg


8     General Description:
9          This bill changes and clarifies the prohibitions for carrying a dangerous weapon by an
10     intoxicated individual.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     eliminates the current exemption that allows a peace officer to carry a dangerous
14     weapon while intoxicated;
15          ▸     clarifies that carrying a dangerous weapon that is securely encased or not readily
16     available is not prohibited;
17          ▸     modifies the law to respect an individual's constitutional right to self defense; and
18          ▸     provides an exception for an individual who carries a dangerous weapon on private
19     property with the consent of the owner.
20     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21          None
22     Other Special Clauses:
23          None
24     Utah Code Sections Affected:
25     AMENDS:
26          76-10-523, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2014, Chapter 248
27          76-10-528, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 226


29     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30          Section 1. Section 76-10-523 is amended to read:
31          76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.
32          (1) Except for Sections 76-10-506, 76-10-508, [and] 76-10-508.1, and 76-10-528, this
33     part and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Firearm Act, do not apply to any of the
34     following:
35          (a) a United States marshal;
36          (b) a federal official required to carry a firearm;
37          (c) a peace officer of this or any other jurisdiction;
38          (d) a law enforcement official as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711;
39          (e) a judge as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711; or
40          (f) a common carrier while engaged in the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as
41     merchandise.
42          (2) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504(1) and (2), and Section 76-10-505 do not
43     apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been issued:
44          (a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704; or
45          (b) by another state or county.
46          (3) Except for Sections 76-10-503, 76-10-506, 76-10-508, and 76-10-508.1, this part
47     and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Firearm Act, do not apply to a nonresident traveling
48     in or though the state, provided that any firearm is:
49          (a) unloaded; and
50          (b) securely encased as defined in Section 76-10-501.
51          Section 2. Section 76-10-528 is amended to read:
52          76-10-528. Carrying a dangerous weapon while under influence of alcohol or
53     drugs unlawful.
54          (1) [Any person who carries] It is a class B misdemeanor for any person to carry a
55     dangerous weapon while under the influence of:
56          (a) alcohol as determined by the person's blood or breath alcohol concentration in
57     accordance with Subsections 41-6a-502(1)(a) through (c); or
58          (b) a controlled substance as defined in Section 58-37-2 [is guilty of a class B

59     misdemeanor. Under the influence means the same level of influence or blood or breath
60     alcohol concentration as provided in Subsections 41-6a-502(1)(a) through(c)].
61          (2) This section does not apply to:
62          (a) a person carrying a dangerous weapon that is either securely encased or not readily
63     accessible for immediate use, as defined in this part;
64          (b) any person who uses or threatens to use force in compliance with Section 76-2-402;
65     or
66          (c) any person carrying a dangerous weapon in or on the person's residence or property,
67     a business under the person's control, or the residence of another with the consent of the
68     individual who is lawfully in possession.
69          [(2)] (3) It is not a defense to prosecution under this section that the person:
70          (a) is licensed in the pursuit of wildlife of any kind; or
71          (b) has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm.