Utah has weak gun safety laws, earning a D in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2018, Utah expanded its already dangerous “stand your ground” law, making public confrontations more likely to turn deadly. In 2017, Utah had the 21st-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at twice the rate it imported them. To further strengthen the state’s gun laws, Utah legislators could require background checks for all gun sales and pass an extreme risk protection order law.

  • Uses state databases in addition to federal databases for background checks

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Waiting period

  • Ammunition sale regulation