A person may not carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle unless they have a valid permit to carry or:
They are at least 18 years old and
Has lawful possession of the vehicle or consent of the person who has lawful possession of the vehicle and
The weapon is not a rifle, shotgun or muzzle-loading rifle
One of the relevant sections of code (76-10-301) doesn't seem to exist anymore, but it's referenced all over the place. But, regardless, it's illegal to carry a loaded long gun in a vehicle in Utah with very few exceptions.
ETA: My understanding is that a CFP doesn't exempt a loaded long gun because of wildlife statutes, not weapons statutes. I could be wrong, though. I'll look in Mitch Vilos' book when I get home. (excellent book on utah gun laws.)
February 14, 2013, 04:42 PM
I know it's not exactly what you're asking, but (at least a few years ago) "loaded" was defined by Utah as having one in the chamber or one that could be fired by pulling the trigger (so, basically one in a DA revolver chamber that would rotate around to fire when you pulled the trigger one time).
So (at least at that time) a semi-auto, lever gun, bolt, or pump with a full mag but an empty chamber was not loaded. Nor was a single action revolver carried as it was meant to be carried (load one, skip one, load four).
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