Illegal Possession of a Firearm
When Is It Illegal to Possess a Gun in Utah?
Utah has fairly liberal laws relating to possession of a firearm. In many instances, mere possession of a firearm—including a handgun—is not a criminal offense. Carrying concealed or carrying in plain sight is not a crime if you have a proper license.
Who Is Vulnerable to Weapons Charges in Utah?
The types of people who are not allowed under Utah law to possess weapons include:
- Convicted felons
- Anyone convicted of a crime of domestic violence, whether a misdemeanor or felony offense
- Anyone convicted of a drug offense while also carrying a weapon
- Anyone convicted of driving under the influence while also carrying a weapon
For people who fit into these categories, it is illegal to carry a gun. A person in any of these categories who is searched or arrested and found to be in illegal possession of a gun will face weapons-related criminal charges.
Fighting Back Against Weapons Charges in Utah
A conviction for a weapons-related charge carries serious consequences. In addition to possible fines or jail time, the convicted person’s right to possess a weapon will be further restricted.
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