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Utah penalizes:

  • Any person who purchases a firearm with the intent to resell or otherwise provide the firearm to a person ineligible to purchase it from a licensed dealer;1
  • A firearms dealer who fails to conduct the required background check on a purchaser;2 and
  • Any person who willfully and intentionally makes a false statement of the information required for a criminal background check.3

 In 2012, Utah enacted a law penalizing any person who:

  • Knowingly solicits, persuades, encourages or entices a dealer or other person to sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of a firearm under circumstances which the person knows would be a violation of the law; or
  • Provides to a dealer or other person any information that the person knows to be “materially false information” with intent to deceive the dealer or other person about the legality of a sale, transfer or other disposition of a firearm. “Materially false information” means information that portrays an illegal transaction as legal or a legal transaction as illegal.4

Beginning on July 1, 2026, most law enforcement agencies must annually report to the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice the following data for the previous calendar year:

  • the number of firearms the law enforcement agency lawfully seized from restricted persons;
  • the types of firearms the law enforcement agency lawfully seized from restricted persons; and
  • information on where the restricted persons obtained the firearms seized by the law enforcement agency if the information is known or discoverable by the law enforcement agency.5


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  1. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-527(4)(a) and (b).[]
  2. Utah Code Ann. §§ 76-10-526, 76-10-527.[]
  3. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-527.[]
  4. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-503(9).[]
  5. Utah Code Ann. § 53-25-501.[]