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R722. Public Safety, Criminal Investigations and Technical Services, Criminal Identification.

Rule R722-300. Concealed Firearm Permit and Instructor Rule.

As in effect on September 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R722-300-1. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to establish procedures whereby the bureau administers the Concealed Firearms Act in accordance with Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7.

R722-300-2. Authority.

This rule is authorized by Subsection 53-5-704(17) which provides that the commissioner may make rules necessary to administer Title 53, Chapter 5.

R722-300-3. Definitions.

(1) Terms used in this rule are defined in Sections 53-5-702, 53-5-711, 76-10-501.

(2) In addition:

(a) "applicant" means an individual seeking to obtain or renew a permit, a temporary permit, an instructor certification, or an LEOJ permit from the bureau;

(b) "certified firearms instructor" means an individual certified by the bureau pursuant to Subsection 53-5-704(9) who can certify that an applicant meets the general firearm familiarity requirement under Subsection 53-5-704(8);

(c) " certified firearms instructor official seal" means a red, self-inking stamp containing the information required in Subsection 53-5-704(11)(a)(iii) which meets the design requirements described on the bureau's website;

(d) "crime of violence" means a crime under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any district, possession, or territory of the United States which has, as an element, the use, threatened use, or attempted use of physical force or a dangerous weapon;

(e) "felony" means a crime under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any district, possession, or territory of the United States for which the penalty is a term of imprisonment in excess of one year;

(f) "FBI" means the Federal Bureau of Investigation;

(g) "instructor certification" means a concealed firearm instructor certification issued by the bureau pursuant to Subsection 53-5-704(9);

(h) "LEOJ permit" means a permit to carry a concealed firearm issued to a judge or law enforcement official by the bureau pursuant to Section 53-5-711;

(i) "nonresident" means a person who:

(i) does not live in the state of Utah; or

(ii) has established a domicile outside Utah, as that term is defined in Section 41-1a-202.

(j) "NRA" means the National Rifle Association;

(k) "offense involving domestic violence" means a crime under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any district, possession, or territory of the United States involving any of the conduct described in:

(i) Section 77-36-1; or

(ii) 18 U.S.C Subsection 921(a)(33);

(l) "offense involving moral turpitude" means a crime under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any district, possession, or territory of the United States involving conduct which:

(i) is done knowingly contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals;

(ii) has an element of falsification or fraud; or

(iii) contains an element of harm or injury directed to another person or another's property;

(m) "offense involving the use of alcohol" means a crime under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any district, possession, or territory of the United States involving any of the conduct described in:

(i) Section 32A-12-209;

(ii) Section 32A-12-220;

(iii) Subsection 41-6a-501(2) related to the use of alcohol;

(iv) Section 41-6a-526; or

(v) Section 76-10-528 related to carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol;

(n) "offense involving the unlawful use of narcotics or controlled substances" means:

(i) any offense listed in Subsection 41-6a-501(2) involving the use of a controlled substance;

(ii) any offense involving the use or possession of any controlled substance found in Title 58, Chapters 37, 37a, or 37b; or

(iii) the crime of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of a controlled substance pursuant to Section 76-10-528;

(o) "past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence" means verifiable incidents, regardless of whether there has been an arrest or conviction, that would lead a reasonable person to believe that an individual has a violent nature and would be a danger to themselves or others, including an attempt or threat to commit suicide;

(p) "permit" means a permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by the bureau pursuant to Section 53-5-704;

(q) "POST" means the Utah Department of Public Safety, Division of Peace Officer Standards and Training;

(r) "revocation" means the permanent deprivation of a permit, instructor certification, or certificate of qualification, however revocation does not preclude an individual from applying for a new permit, instructor certification, or certificate of qualification if the reason for revocation no longer exists;

(s) "suspension" means the temporary deprivation, for a specified period of time, of a permit, instructor certification, or certificate of qualification; and

(t) "temporary permit" means a temporary permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by the bureau pursuant to Section 53-5-705.

R722-300-4. Application for a Permit to Carry a Concealed Firearm.

(1)(a) An applicant seeking to obtain a permit shall submit a completed permit application packet to the bureau.

(b) The permit application packet shall include:

(i) a written application form provided by the bureau with the address of the applicant's permanent residence;

(ii) a photocopy of a state-issued driver license or identification card;

(iii) one recent color photograph of passport quality which contains the applicant's name written on the back of the photograph, unless the applicant submitted a photo which meets these requirements to the bureau within the previous three years;

(iv) one completed FBI applicant fingerprint card (Form FD-258) with the applicant's legible fingerprints;

(v) a non-refundable processing fee in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card, which consists of the fee established by Sections 53-5-704 and 53-5-707, along with the FBI fingerprint processing fee;

(vi) evidence indicating that the applicant has general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as required by Subsection 53-5-704(6)(d);

(vii) any mitigating information that the applicant wishes the bureau to consider when determining whether the applicant meets the qualifications set forth in Subsection 53-5-704(2)(a); and

(viii) a copy of the applicant's current concealed firearm permit or concealed weapon permit issued by the applicant's state of residency if the applicant is a nonresident who resides in a state that recognizes the validity of the Utah permit or has reciprocity with Utah's concealed firearm permit law, unless the applicant is an active duty service member who presents orders requiring the active duty service member to report for duty in Utah or an active duty service member spouse who presents the active duty service member's orders requiring the service member to report for duty in Utah.

(2) An applicant may establish evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as required in Subsection 53-5-704(6)(d) by submitting a signed certificate, issued within one year of the date of the application, bearing a certified firearms instructor's official seal, certifying that the applicant has completed the required firearms course of instruction established by the bureau.

(3) If the applicant is employed as a law enforcement officer, the applicant:

(a) may not be required to pay the application fee; and

(b) may establish evidence of general familiarity with the types of firearms to be concealed as required in Subsection 53-5-704(6)(d) by submitting documentation from a law enforcement agency located within the state of Utah indicating that the applicant has successfully completed the firearm qualification requirements of that agency within the last five years.

(4)(a) Upon receipt of a complete permit application packet, the bureau shall conduct a thorough background investigation to determine if the applicant meets the requirements found in Subsections 53-5-704(2) and (3).

(b) The background investigation shall consist of the following:

(i) sending the fingerprint card to the FBI for a review of the applicant's criminal history record pursuant to Section 53-5-706; and

(ii) verifying the accuracy of the information provided in the application packet through a search of local, state and national records which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(A) the Utah Computerized Criminal History database;

(B) the National Crime Information Center database;

(C) the Utah Law Enforcement Information Network;

(D) state driver license records;

(E) the Utah Statewide Warrants System;

(F) juvenile court criminal history files;

(G) expungement records maintained by the bureau;

(H) the National Instant Background Check System;

(I) the Utah Gun Check Inquiry Database;

(J) Immigration and Customs Enforcement records; and

(K) Utah Department of Corrections Offender Tracking System; and

(L) the Mental Gun Restrict Database.

(5)(a) If the background check indicates that an applicant does not meet the qualifications set forth in Subsection 53-5-704(2)(a), the bureau shall consider any mitigating circumstances submitted by the applicant.

(b) If the applicant does not meet the qualifications set forth in Subsection 53-5-704(2)(a) because the applicant has been convicted of a crime, the bureau may find that mitigating circumstances exist if the applicant was not convicted of a registerable sex offense, as defined in Subsection 77-27-21.5(1)(n), and the following time periods have elapsed from the date the applicant was convicted or released from incarceration, parole, or probation, whichever occurred last:

(i) five years in the case of a class A misdemeanor;

(ii) four years in the case of a class B misdemeanor; or

(iii) three years in the case of any other misdemeanor or infraction.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision, the bureau may not grant a permit if the applicant does not meet the qualifications in Subsection 53-5-704(2)(a)(viii).

(6)(a) If the bureau determines that the applicant meets the requirements found in Subsections 53-5- 704(2) and 53-5-704(3), the bureau shall issue a permit to the applicant within 60 days.

(b) The permit shall be mailed to the applicant at the address listed on the application.

(7)(a) If the bureau determines that the applicant does not meet the requirements found in Subsections 53-5-704(2) and 53-5-704(3), the bureau shall mail a letter of denial to the applicant, return receipt requested.

(b) The denial letter shall state the reasons for denial and indicate that the applicant has a right to request a review hearing before the board by filing a petition for review within 60 days as provided in Subsection 53-5- 704(16).

R722-300-5. Application for a Concealed Firearms Instructor Certification.

(1)(a) An applicant seeking to be certified as a Utah concealed firearms instructor shall submit a completed instructor certification application packet to the bureau.

(b) The instructor certification application packet shall include:

(i) a written instructor certification application form provided by the bureau with the applicant's residential or physical address and public contact information;

(ii) a photocopy of a state-issued driver license or identification card;

(iii) one recent color photograph of passport quality which contains the applicant's name written on the back of the photograph, unless the applicant submitted a photo which meets these requirements to the bureau within the previous three years;

(iv) a non-refundable processing fee in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card;

(v) evidence that the applicant has completed a firearm instructor training course from the NRA or POST, or received training equivalent to one of these courses, as required by Subsection 53-5-704(9)(a)(iii); and

(vi) evidence that the applicant has completed the course of instruction provided under the direction of the bureau and passed the certification test provided in Subsection 53-5-704(9)(c), within one year of the date of the application.

(2)(a) An applicant who has not completed a firearm instructor training course from the NRA or POST, may meet the requirement in R722-300-5(1)(b)(v) by providing evidence that the applicant has completed a firearm instructor training course that is at least eight hours long and includes the following training components:

(i) instruction and demonstration on:

(A) the safe, effective, and proficient use and handling of firearms;

(B) firearm draw strokes;

(C) the safe loading, unloading and storage of firearms;

(D) the parts and operation of a handgun;

(E) firearm ammunition and ammunition malfunctions, including misfires, hang fires, squib loads, and defensive/protection ammunition vs. practice ammunition;

(F) firearm malfunctions, including failure to fire, failure to eject, feed way stoppage and failure to go into battery;

(G) shooting fundamentals, including shooter's stance, etc.; and

(H) firearm range safety rules; and

(ii) a practical exercise with a proficiency qualification course consisting of not less than 30 rounds and a required score of 80% or greater to pass.

(b) The evidence required in R722-300-5(2)(a) shall include a copy of the:

(i) course completion certificate showing the date the course was completed and the number of training hours completed; and

(ii) training curriculum for the course completed.

(3)(a) If the bureau determines that an applicant meets the requirements found in Subsection 53-5- 704(9), the bureau shall issue an instructor certification to the applicant.

(b) An instructor certification identification card shall be mailed to the applicant at the residential or physical address listed on the application.

(4)(a) If the bureau determines that the applicant does not meet the requirements found in Subsection 53-5-704(9), the bureau shall mail a denial letter to the applicant, return receipt requested.

(b) The denial letter shall state the reasons for denial and indicate that the applicant has a right to request a review hearing before the board by filing a petition for review within 60 days as provided in Subsection 53-5- 704(16).

R722-300-6. Renewal of a Concealed Firearms Permit or Concealed Firearms Instructor Certification.

(1)(a) An applicant seeking to renew a permit or an instructor certification shall submit a completed renewal packet to the bureau.

(b) The renewal packet for an applicant seeking to renew a permit shall include:

(i) a written renewal form provided by the bureau with the current address of the applicant's permanent residence;

(ii) one recent color photograph of passport quality which contains the applicant's name written on the back of the photograph, unless the licensee submitted a photo which meets these requirements to the bureau within the previous three years; and

(iii) a non-refundable processing fee in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card, unless the applicant is an active duty service member who presents orders requiring the active duty service member to report for duty in Utah or an active duty service member spouse who presents the active duty service member's orders requiring the service member to report for duty in Utah.

(c) The renewal packet for an applicant seeking to renew an instructor certification shall include:

(i) a written renewal form provided by the bureau with the applicant's residential or physical address and the applicant's public contact information;

(ii) one recent color photograph of passport quality which contains the applicant's name written on the back of the photograph, unless the applicant submitted a photo which meets these requirements to the bureau within the previous three years;

(iii) a non-refundable processing fee in the form of cash, check, money order, or credit card; and

(iv) evidence that the instructor has completed the course of instruction provided under the direction of the bureau and passed the certification test provided in Subsection 53-5-704(9)(c), within one year of the date of the application.

(2) A renewal packet may be submitted no earlier than 60 days prior to the expiration of a current permit or certification.

(3)(a) A fee will be collected for renewal packets submitted on a permit or an instructor certification that has been expired for more than 30 days but less than one year.

(b) Renewal packets for a permit or an instructor certification which has been expired for more than one year will not be accepted and the applicant will have to re-apply for a permit or an instructor certification.

(4) When renewing a permit or an instructor certification the bureau shall conduct a background investigation.

(5)(a) If the bureau determines that the applicant meets the requirements to renew a permit or an instructor certification, the bureau shall mail the renewed permit or instructor certification identification card to the applicant.

(b) The renewed permit or instructor certification identification card shall be mailed to the applicant at the address listed on the renewal application.

(6)(a) If the bureau determines that the applicant does not meet the requirements to renew a permit or an instructor certification, the bureau shall mail a denial letter to the applicant, return receipt requested.

(b) The denial letter shall state the reasons for denial and indicate that the applicant has a right to request a review hearing before the board by filing a petition for review within 60 days as provided in Subsection 53-5- 704(16).

R722-300-7. Application for a Temporary Permit to Carry a Concealed Firearm.

(1)(a) In order to obtain a temporary permit an applicant shall submit a completed permit application packet to the bureau as provided by R722-300-4.

(b) In addition, the applicant shall provide written documentation to establish extenuating circumstances which would justify the need for a temporary permit to carry a concealed firearm.

(2) When reviewing an application for a temporary permit to carry a concealed firearm the bureau shall conduct the same background investigation as provided in R722-300-4.

(3)(a) If the bureau finds that extenuating circumstances exist to justify the need for a temporary permit, the bureau shall issue a temporary permit to the applicant.

(b) The temporary permit shall be mailed to the applicant at the address listed on the application.

(4) If the bureau finds that the applicant is otherwise eligible to receive a permit under Section 53-5-704, the bureau shall request that the applicant surrender the temporary permit prior to the issuance of the permit under Section 53-5-704.

R722-300-8. LEOJ Permits.

(1)(a) In order to obtain an LEOJ permit under Section 53-5-711, an applicant shall submit a completed permit application packet to the bureau as provided by R722-300-4.

(b) In addition, the applicant shall provide written documentation to establish to the satisfaction of the bureau that:

(i) the applicant is a law enforcement official or judge as defined in Section 53-5-711; and

(ii) that the applicant has completed the course of training required by Subsection 53-5- 711(2)(b).

(2) When reviewing an application for an LEOJ permit the bureau shall conduct the same background investigation as if the individual were seeking a permit.

(3)(a) If the bureau finds that the applicant meets the requirements found in Subsection 53-5-711(2), the bureau shall issue an LEOJ permit to the applicant.

(b) The LEOJ permit shall be mailed to the applicant at the address listed on the application.

(4)(a) If the bureau finds that the applicant does not meet the requirements found in Subsection 53- 5-711(2), the bureau shall mail a denial letter to the applicant, return receipt requested.

(b) The denial letter shall state the reasons for denial and indicate that the applicant has a right to request a review hearing before the board by filing a petition for review within 60 days as provided in Subsection 53-5- 704(16).

(5)(a) When the bureau receives notice that an LEOJ permit holder resigns or is terminated from a position as a law enforcement official or judge, the LEOJ permit will be revoked and the bureau shall issue a permit, pursuant to Section 53-5-704, if the former LEOJ permit holder otherwise meets the requirements found in that section.

(b) If a former LEOJ permit holder gains new employment as a law enforcement official or judge, the bureau shall re-issue an LEOJ permit.

R722-300-9. Suspension or Revocation of a Permit to Carry a Concealed Firearm, Concealed Firearms Instructor Certification, or an LEOJ Permit.

(1) A permit may be suspended or revoked for any of the following reasons:

(a) the bureau determines that the permit holder does not meet the requirements found in Subsection 53-5-704(2);

(b) the bureau determines that the permit holder has committed a violation under Subsection 53-5- 704(3); or

(c) the permit holder knowingly and willfully provided false information on an application for a permit, or a renewal of a permit.

(2) An instructor certification may be suspended or revoked for any of the following reasons:

(a) the bureau determines that the instructor has become ineligible to possess a firearm under Section 76-10-506 or federal law; or

(b) the instructor knowingly and willfully provided false information to the bureau.

(3) An LEOJ permit may be suspended or revoked for any of the following reasons:

(a) the bureau determines that an LEOJ permit holder is no longer employed as a law enforcement official or judge; or

(b) an LEOJ permit holder fails to provide proof of annual requalification by November 30 of each year as required by Section 53-5-711.

(4)(a) If the bureau suspends or revokes a permit, an instructor certification, or an LEOJ permit, the bureau shall mail a notice of agency action to the permit holder, instructor, or LEOJ permit holder, return receipt requested.

(b) The notice of agency action shall state the reasons for suspension or revocation and indicate that the permit holder, instructor, or LEOJ permit holder has a right to request a review hearing before the board by filing a petition for review within 60 days as provided in Subsection 53-5-704(16).

R722-300-10. Review Hearing Before the Board.

(1)(a) Review hearings before the board shall be informal and be conducted according to the provisions in Section 63G-4-203.

(b) At the hearing, the bureau shall establish the allegations contained in the notice of agency action by a preponderance of the evidence.

(2) Upon request, an applicant, permit holder, instructor, or LEOJ permit holder who is seeking review before the board is entitled to review all the materials in the bureau's file upon which the bureau intends to use in the hearing.

(3) In accordance with Section 63G-4-209 the board may enter an order of default against an applicant, permit holder, instructor, or LEOJ permit holder who fails to appear at the hearing.

(4) Within 30 days of the date of the hearing the board shall issue an order which:

(a) states the board's decision and the reasons for the board's decision; and

(b) indicates that the applicant, permit holder, instructor, or LEOJ permit holder has a right to appeal the decision of the board by filing a petition for judicial review within 30 days as provided in Section 63G-4- 402.

R722-300-11. Records Access.

(1)(a) Information, except for the name of certified instructors and their public contact information, provided to the bureau by an applicant shall be considered "private" in accordance with Subsection 63G-2- 302(2)(d).

(b) The name of certified instructors and their public contact information shall be considered public information.

(2) Information gathered by the bureau and placed in an applicant's file shall be considered "protected" in accordance with Subsection 63G-2-305(9).

(3) When a permit has been issued to an applicant, the names, address, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of the applicant are protected records pursuant to Section 53-5-708.

KEY

concealed firearm permits, concealed firearm permit instructors

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 8, 2013

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

53-5-701 through 53-5-711


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R722, please contact the promulgating agency (Public Safety, Criminal Investigations and Technical Services, Criminal Identification). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.