Contrary to popular belief, the list of states that allow you to tote your firearm without a permit, is growing. Alabama just added themselves to the growing list in 2023.

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Check out this list for permitless carry:

1. Alabama –Effective date for Permitless Carry: January 1, 2023
2. Alaska - Effective date for Permitless Carry: September 9, 2003
3. Arizona - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 29, 2010
4. Arkansas - Effective date for Permitless Carry: Law passed August 16, 2013
5. Georgia – Effective date for Permitless Carry: April 12, 2022
6. Indiana – Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2022
7. Idaho - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2016
8. Iowa - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2021
9. Kansas - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2015
10. Kentucky - Effective date for Permitless Carry: June 27, 2019
11. Louisiana – (Limited) Limited to Louisiana Residents with Military Service. Effective date for Limited Permitless Carry: August 1, 2022
12. Maine - Effective date for Permitless Carry: October 12, 2015
13. Mississippi - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2015
14. Missouri - Effective date for Permitless Carry: January 1, 2017
15. Montana - Montana passed limited Permitless Carry in September 15, 1991

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16. New Hampshire - Effective date for Permitless Carry: February 22, 2017
17. North Dakota - (Limited) Effective date of Permitless Carry: August, 1, 2017
18. Ohio - Effective date of Permitless Carry June 13, 2022
19. Oklahoma - Effective date for Permitless Carry: November 1, 2019
20. South Dakota - Effective date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2019
21. Tennessee - Effect date for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2021
22. Texas - Effective date for Permitless Carry September 1, 2021
23. Utah – Effective date for Permitless Carry. May 5 2021                                           24. Vermont - Effective date for Permitless Carry: March 4, 1791
25. West Virginia - Effective date for Permitless Carry: May 26, 2016
26. Wyoming - Effective dates for Permitless Carry: July 1, 2011

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Utah eliminated its permit requirement for concealed carry in 2021 and updated it in 2023 and there is still some confusion. What does that mean?

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It means that if you are 21 and older you can conceal carry a gun in Utah with no permit. Concealed carry just means that you have your firearm in a purse or bag or in a holster that is covered by your clothing.

Also in Utah, it is legal for those 18 and older to OPEN carry with no permit. 

Now, these laws apply unless you are a prohibited person as defined in Utah State law under 76-10-503 or 18 U.S.C. 922(g)

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It is still ILLEGAL to carry a weapon in any state or federal buildings (post office, court, secured correctional facilities), colleges or higher education buildings or airports.

There is NO legal requirement to notify a law enforcement officer you are in the possession of or carrying a firearm. Although it is a courtesy that is still highly recommended.

It is still a great idea to learn to use and carry your weapon. Classes are a great way to learn about and ask questions about weapons.

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Can I carry a gun at church?

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In Utah it is ILLEGAL to carry a firearm into a house of worship or even a private residence if notice has been given/posted. Even if you have a permit and have completed a concealed weapons class, it is ILLEGAL to carry into the house of worship or residence.

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The predominate Utah religions says this:
They are acceptable only when carried by law enforcement. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has prohibited nearly all parishioners from carrying lethal weapons on church property.
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Here is what the policy says:
Costco policy prohibits firearms to be brought into the warehouse, except in the case of authorized law enforcement officers.”

Can I carry a gun in Walmart in Utah?

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Those who have a concealed carry permit are still permitted to bring their guns into Walmart so long as the gun is concealed.

If you are going to choose to carry a gun/weapon, it is wise to be informed about the laws in Utah and any other state you are going to be in.

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