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Utah has weak gun laws overall and a correspondingly high gun death rate. Lawmakers owe it to their constituents to take action to reduce gun violence in their state.

In 2018, Utah expanded its already dangerous “stand your ground” law, making public confrontations more likely to turn deadly. In 2021, Utah had the 16th lowest gun death rate among the states. Utah also supplied crime guns to other states at the 27th highest rate among the states. Utah exported crime guns at more than twice the rate at which it imported crime guns from other states.

What Utah Does Well

  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Certain child access prevention laws
  • Extended background check period
  • State database background checks

What Utah Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Open carry regulations



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.