Chief Sponsor: Karianne Lisonbee

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins


8     General Description:
9          This bill concerns applications for and the carrying of concealed weapons by
10     provisional permit holders.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     provides that a provisional concealed carry permit holder may, before age 21, apply
14     for a concealed carry permit that becomes valid at age 21;
15          ▸     clarifies requirements for renewal permits;
16          ▸     clarifies the law regarding the ability of provisional permit holders to carry
17     concealed weapons on certain school premises; and
18          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
19     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20          None
21     Other Special Clauses:
22          None
23     Utah Code Sections Affected:
24     AMENDS:
25          53-5-704, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 280
26          53-5-710, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 286
27          76-10-505.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 301

29     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

30          Section 1. Section 53-5-704 is amended to read:
31          53-5-704. Bureau duties -- Permit to carry concealed firearm -- Certification for
32     concealed firearms instructor -- Requirements for issuance -- Violation -- Denial,
33     suspension, or revocation -- Appeal procedure.
34          (1) (a) [The] Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), the bureau shall issue a permit to
35     carry a concealed firearm for lawful self defense to an applicant who is 21 years [of age] old or
36     older within 60 days after receiving an application, unless the bureau finds proof that the
37     applicant [does not meet the qualifications set forth in] is not qualified to hold a permit under
38     Subsection (2) or (3).
39          (b) (i) Within 90 days before the day on which a provisional permit holder under
40     Section 53-5-704.5 reaches 21 years old, the provisional permit holder may apply under this
41     section for a permit to carry a concealed firearm for lawful self defense.
42          (ii) The bureau shall issue a permit for an applicant under Subsection (1)(b)(i) within
43     60 days after receiving an application, unless the bureau finds proof that the applicant is not
44     qualified to hold a permit under Subsection (2) or (3).
45          (iii) A permit issued under this Subsection (1)(b):
46          (A) is not valid until an applicant is 21 years old; and
47          (B) requires a $10 application fee.
48          (iv) A person who applies for a permit under this Subsection (1)(b) is not required to
49     retake the firearms training described in Subsection 53-5-704(8).
50          [(b)] (c) The permit is valid throughout the state for five years, without restriction,
51     except as otherwise provided by Section 53-5-710.
52          [(c)] (d) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504(1) and (2), and Section 76-10-505
53     do not apply to [a person] an individual issued a permit under Subsection (1)(a) or (b).
54          [(d)] (e) Subsection (4)(a) does not apply to a nonresident:
55          (i) active duty service member, who [present] presents to the bureau orders requiring
56     the active duty service member to report for duty in this state; or
57          (ii) [an] active duty service member's spouse, stationed with the active duty service

58     member, who presents to the bureau the active duty service member's orders requiring the
59     service member to report for duty in this state.
60          (2) (a) The bureau may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit if the
61     applicant or permit holder:
62          (i) has been or is convicted of a felony;
63          (ii) has been or is convicted of a crime of violence;
64          (iii) has been or is convicted of an offense involving the use of alcohol;
65          (iv) has been or is convicted of an offense involving the unlawful use of narcotics or
66     other controlled substances;
67          (v) has been or is convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude;
68          (vi) has been or is convicted of an offense involving domestic violence;
69          (vii) has been or is adjudicated by a state or federal court as mentally incompetent,
70     unless the adjudication has been withdrawn or reversed; and
71          (viii) is not qualified to purchase and possess a firearm pursuant to Section 76-10-503
72     and federal law.
73          (b) In determining whether an applicant or permit holder [meets the qualifications set
74     forth in] is qualified to hold a permit under Subsection (2)(a), the bureau shall consider
75     mitigating circumstances.
76          (3) (a) The bureau may deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit if it has
77     reasonable cause to believe that the applicant or permit holder has been or is a danger to self or
78     others as demonstrated by evidence, including:
79          (i) past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence;
80          (ii) past participation in incidents involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful
81     violence; or
82          (iii) conviction of an offense in violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
83          (b) The bureau may not deny, suspend, or revoke a concealed firearm permit solely for
84     a single conviction of an infraction violation of Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons.
85          (c) In determining whether the applicant or permit holder has been or is a danger to self

86     or others, the bureau may inspect:
87          (i) expunged records of arrests and convictions of adults as provided in Section
88     77-40-109; and
89          (ii) juvenile court records as provided in Section 78A-6-209.
90          (4) (a) In addition to meeting the other qualifications for the issuance of a concealed
91     firearm permit under this section, a nonresident applicant who resides in a state that recognizes
92     the validity of the Utah permit or has reciprocity with Utah's concealed firearm permit law
93     shall:
94          (i) hold a current concealed firearm or concealed weapon permit issued by the
95     appropriate permitting authority of the nonresident applicant's state of residency; and
96          (ii) submit a photocopy or electronic copy of the nonresident applicant's current
97     concealed firearm or concealed weapon permit referred to in Subsection (4)(a)(i).
98          (b) A nonresident applicant who knowingly and willfully provides false information to
99     the bureau under Subsection (4)(a) is prohibited from holding a Utah concealed firearm permit
100     for a period of 10 years.
101          (c) Subsection (4)(a) applies to all applications for the issuance of a concealed firearm
102     permit that are received by the bureau after May 10, 2011.
103          (d) Beginning January 1, 2012, Subsection (4)(a) also applies to an application for
104     renewal of a concealed firearm permit by a nonresident.
105          (5) The bureau shall issue a concealed firearm permit to a former peace officer who
106     departs full-time employment as a peace officer, in an honorable manner, within five years of
107     that departure if the officer meets the requirements of this section.
108          (6) Except as provided in Subsection (7), the bureau shall also require the applicant to
109     provide:
110          (a) the address of the applicant's permanent residence;
111          (b) one recent dated photograph;
112          (c) one set of fingerprints; and
113          (d) evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as defined

114     in Subsection (8).
115          (7) An applicant who is a law enforcement officer under Section 53-13-103 may
116     provide a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer in place of the evidence
117     required by Subsection (6)(d).
118          (8) (a) General familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed includes training
119     in:
120          (i) the safe loading, unloading, storage, and carrying of the types of firearms to be
121     concealed; and
122          (ii) current laws defining lawful use of a firearm by a private citizen, including lawful
123     self-defense, use of force by a private citizen, including use of deadly force, transportation, and
124     concealment.
125          (b) An applicant may satisfy the general familiarity requirement of Subsection (8)(a) by
126     one of the following:
127          (i) completion of a course of instruction conducted by a national, state, or local
128     firearms training organization approved by the bureau;
129          (ii) certification of general familiarity by [a person] an individual who has been
130     certified by the bureau, which may include a law enforcement officer, military or civilian
131     firearms instructor, or hunter safety instructor; or
132          (iii) equivalent experience with a firearm through participation in an organized
133     shooting competition, law enforcement, or military service.
134          (c) Instruction taken by a student under Subsection (8) shall be in person and not
135     through electronic means.
136          (d) A person applying for a renewal permit is not required to retake the firearms
137     training described in this Subsection 53-5-704(8) if the person:
138          (i) has an unexpired permit; or
139          (ii) has a permit that expired less than one year before the date on which the renewal
140     application was submitted.
141          (9) (a) An applicant for certification as a Utah concealed firearms instructor shall:

142          (i) be at least 21 years of age;
143          (ii) be currently eligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503;
144          (iii) have:
145          (A) completed a firearm instruction training course from the National Rifle Association
146     or the Department of Public Safety, Division of Peace Officer Safety Standards and Training;
147     or
148          (B) received training equivalent to one of the courses referred to in Subsection
149     (9)(a)(iii)(A) as determined by the bureau;
150          (iv) have taken a course of instruction and passed a certification test as described in
151     Subsection (9)(c); and
152          (v) possess a Utah concealed firearm permit.
153          (b) An instructor's certification is valid for three years from the date of issuance, unless
154     revoked by the bureau.
155          (c) (i) In order to obtain initial certification or renew a certification, an instructor shall
156     attend an instructional course and pass a test under the direction of the bureau.
157          (ii) (A) The bureau shall provide or contract to provide the course referred to in
158     Subsection (9)(c)(i) twice every year.
159          (B) The course shall include instruction on current Utah law related to firearms,
160     including concealed carry statutes and rules, and the use of deadly force by private citizens.
161          (d) (i) Each applicant for certification under this Subsection (9) shall pay a fee of
162     $50.00 at the time of application for initial certification.
163          (ii) The renewal fee for the certificate is $25.
164          (iii) The bureau may use a fee paid under Subsections (9)(d)(i) and (ii) as a dedicated
165     credit to cover the cost incurred in maintaining and improving the instruction program required
166     for concealed firearm instructors under this Subsection (9).
167          (10) A certified concealed firearms instructor shall provide each of the instructor's
168     students with the required course of instruction outline approved by the bureau.
169          (11) (a) (i) A concealed firearms instructor shall provide a signed certificate to [a

170     person] an individual successfully completing the offered course of instruction.
171          (ii) The instructor shall sign the certificate with the exact name indicated on the
172     instructor's certification issued by the bureau under Subsection (9).
173          (iii) (A) The certificate shall also have affixed to it the instructor's official seal, which
174     is the exclusive property of the instructor and may not be used by any other [person] individual.
175          (B) The instructor shall destroy the seal upon revocation or expiration of the
176     instructor's certification under Subsection (9).
177          (C) The bureau shall determine the design and content of the seal to include at least the
178     following:
179          (I) the instructor's name as it appears on the instructor's certification;
180          (II) the words "Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor," "state of Utah," and "my
181     certification expires on (the instructor's certification expiration date)"; and
182          (III) the instructor's business or residence address.
183          (D) The seal shall be affixed to each student certificate issued by the instructor in a
184     manner that does not obscure or render illegible any information or signatures contained in the
185     document.
186          (b) The applicant shall provide the certificate to the bureau in compliance with
187     Subsection (6)(d).
188          (12) The bureau may deny, suspend, or revoke the certification of an applicant or a
189     concealed firearms instructor if it has reason to believe the applicant or the instructor has:
190          (a) become ineligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-503 or federal law; or
191          (b) knowingly and willfully provided false information to the bureau.
192          (13) An applicant for certification or a concealed firearms instructor has the same
193     appeal rights as [set forth] described in Subsection (16).
194          (14) In providing instruction and issuing a permit under this part, the concealed
195     firearms instructor and the bureau are not vicariously liable for damages caused by the permit
196     holder.
197          (15) An individual who knowingly and willfully provides false information on an

198     application filed under this part is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, and the application may be
199     denied, or the permit may be suspended or revoked.
200          (16) (a) In the event of a denial, suspension, or revocation of a permit, the applicant or
201     permit holder may file a petition for review with the board within 60 days from the date the
202     denial, suspension, or revocation is received by the applicant or permit holder by certified mail,
203     return receipt requested.
204          (b) The bureau's denial of a permit shall be in writing and shall include the general
205     reasons for the action.
206          (c) If an applicant or permit holder appeals the denial to the review board, the applicant
207     or permit holder may have access to the evidence upon which the denial is based in accordance
208     with Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
209          (d) On appeal to the board, the bureau has the burden of proof by a preponderance of
210     the evidence.
211          (e) (i) Upon a ruling by the board on the appeal of a denial, the board shall issue a final
212     order within 30 days stating the board's decision.
213          (ii) The final order shall be in the form prescribed by Subsection 63G-4-203(1)(i).
214          (iii) The final order is final bureau action for purposes of judicial review under Section
215     63G-4-402.
216          (17) The commissioner may make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
217     Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this chapter.
218          Section 2. Section 53-5-710 is amended to read:
219          53-5-710. Cross-references to concealed firearm permit restrictions.
220          (1) A person with a permit of any kind to carry a concealed firearm may not carry a
221     concealed firearm in the following locations:
222          (a) any secure area prescribed in Section 76-10-523.5 in which firearms are prohibited
223     and notice of the prohibition posted;
224          (b) any airport secure area as provided in Section 76-10-529; or
225          (c) any house of worship or in any private residence where dangerous weapons are

226     prohibited as provided in Section 76-10-530.
227          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection 76-10-505.5[(2)](4), a person under the age of 21 with
228     a permit of any kind to carry a concealed firearm may not carry a concealed firearm on or about
229     school premises, as defined in Subsection 76-10-505.5(1)(a).
230          Section 3. Section 76-10-505.5 is amended to read:
231          76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or short barreled
232     shotgun on or about school premises -- Penalties.
233          (1) As used in this section, "on or about school premises" means:
234          (a) (i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school; or
235          (ii) on the grounds of any of those schools;
236          (b) (i) in a public or private institution of higher education; or
237          (ii) on the grounds of a public or private institution of higher education; and
238          (iii) (A) inside the building where a preschool or child care is being held, if the entire
239     building is being used for the operation of the preschool or child care; or
240          (B) if only a portion of a building is being used to operate a preschool or child care, in
241     that room or rooms where the preschool or child care operation is being held.
242          (2) A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or short barreled
243     shotgun, as those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501, at a place that the person knows, or
244     has reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in this section.
245          (3) (a) Possession of a dangerous weapon on or about school premises is a class B
246     misdemeanor.
247          (b) Possession of a firearm or short barreled shotgun on or about school premises is a
248     class A misdemeanor.
249          (4) This section does not apply if:
250          (a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704,
251     53-5-705, 76-10-511, or 76-10-523, or as otherwise authorized by law;
252          (b) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704.5,
253     unless the person is in a location where the person is prohibited from carrying a firearm under

254     Subsection 53-5-710(2);
255          [(b)] (c) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;
256          [(c)] (d) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity
257     and is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use;
258     or
259          [(d)] (e) the possession is:
260          (i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property; or
261          (ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by
262     the school or used by the school to transport students.
263          (5) This section does not prohibit prosecution of a more serious weapons offense that
264     may occur on or about school premises.