Child Access Prevention in Utah

Posted on January 1, 2012

Utah does not penalize an adult who recklessly or negligently allows a minor access to a firearm.

In Utah, a parent or guardian may not intentionally or knowingly provide a firearm to, or permit the possession of a firearm by, any minor, defined as under age 18, who has been convicted of a violent felony or adjudicated in juvenile court for an offense which would constitute a violent felony if the minor were an adult.1

The state also prohibits any parent or guardian of a minor, where the parent or guardian knows that the minor is in possession of a firearm, from failing to make reasonable efforts to remove the firearm from the minor’s possession.2

For age requirements for the purchase or possession of firearms in Utah, see the Utah Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess section

See our Child Access Prevention policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.6(1). []
  2. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.7. []