Gun Laws in Utah


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googledotcom33
June 10, 2009, 07:10 PM
Can 18 year olds buy a handgun in a private transaction? The internet seems to claim that that is the case, yet when I called the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the woman I talked to said that it was illegal to sell a handgun to anyone under 21 no matter what.

I tend to believe her, but I want to buy a handgun from a local guy (I am 19).
Thoughts?
Is this just some internet myth? or was the nice lady nice, but very wrong?
Thanks guys!

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googledotcom33
June 10, 2009, 08:40 PM
Okay so I sent the DPS an email instead of calling them, and they said it was perfectly legal for an 18-20 year old to purchase a hand gun in a private sale in Utah. The problem is this directly contradicts what I was told earlier on the phone. I'm inclined to believe the latter response due to the fact that it benefits me.

What do you guys think?

BunnyPuncher
June 10, 2009, 08:42 PM
That you should make damn sure!!

Oro
June 10, 2009, 10:03 PM
What do you guys think?

Unless Utah has some significantly more strict laws than the federal ones (which I doubt), then yes, it's legal to do private transaction if over 18. Just not through a dealer.

the woman I talked to said that it was illegal to sell a handgun to anyone under 21 no matter what.

If that is the case, then there will be a law somewhere explaining why. It will be in your state laws, available on line. Search the "Utah Code" for the firearms section, then read them. You need to do this anyway as a firearms owner, to familiarize yourself with all laws pertaining to firearms in your state.

Rellian
June 10, 2009, 10:51 PM
(b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver -
(1) any firearm or ammunition to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than eighteen years of age, and, if the firearm, or ammunition is other than a shotgun or rifle, or ammunition for a shotgun or rifle, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable
cause to believe is less than twenty-one years of age;

This is the code that is often cited for no one under 21 owning a handgun. This may well be where she got her info. The thing is, it only stipulates BUYING from a LICENSED dealer (an FFL).
I have always been told that you have to be 21 in the state of Utah to own a handgun. However all of the state code I read through does not say 21 to posses.... just 21 to buy from FFL. In all of the laws I dug up they say 18 to posses. (and there are exceptions there as well)

I would say Johnny Dollar is right....

docfubar
June 12, 2009, 04:35 PM
Since you are probably just starting your gun collection, you SHOULD go out and buy Utah Firearm Laws By author and attorney Mitch Vilos. It is highly reccomended.

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