Concealed carry at Events (in Utah)

In the state of Utah you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon in most places you go. One of the areas that sometimes causes some confusion is venues. I emphasize that this is JUST IN UTAH (and as always, you should verify all local laws for yourself–we are not lawyers). Utah law allows you to carry concealed weapons into public and private venues. On private property the property owner/manager may kick you out or refuse your entry for any reason. They might not like that you are wearing blue socks, or they might not want you to carry a weapon. If they ask you to leave and you do not leave then you are trespassing. However, this isn’t an issue about guns–it’s about being on private property when you’ve been asked to leave. So even if they post that weapons are not allowed legally you can carry there–but if they ask you to leave then you must. So if you decide to carry where the property owner doesn’t want you to, then make sure you conceal your gun.

A couple tips should you decide to carry at venues–most of the time they do not search you, or if they do they typically just check your bags and maybe your pockets. If they have metal detectors (very rare) then obviously they are controlling everything that goes in and you should not try to carry your gun into the venue. They also have taken your safety much more seriously than most places and you can feel pretty confident that they can protect you. Before you go, you should try and find someone who has attended the venue to get an idea of how they screen attendants. You can usually find local firearm forums. In Utah, the Utah Concealed Carry forum is a great resource. You can also check the venue website for rules and regulations to see if they specifically ban firearms. A lot do not. Most of the time they’ll have someone inspect purses and bags, but don’t go any further than that. I know of weapons being carried at Energy Solutions Arena, Rice Eccles Stadium, Lavell Edwards Stadium, Sandy Amphitheater, Marriott Center, Scera Shell, Brent Brown Ballpark, the E Center, and David O. McKay Events center–all without any problems. You might want to deep carry–and also be careful of what activities you will be doing. If you are dancing or jumping around you might not want to carry, or carry in a manner that will fit your activities.

While I respect the wishes of private property owners, I also respect my right to self defense. When the property owner can not guarantee my safety–and possibly increase the risk by discouraging lawful citizens from bringing weapons (thus encouraging criminals to bring weapons where there are large unarmed crowds) I take the responsibility for my own protection upon myself. I am willing to leave any event where I bring a firearm if I am asked to leave. If I would be devastated if I have to leave the venue then I wouldn’t carry my firearm there. But I value my life (and my family’s lives) more than any event that I am attending. This is a decision you need to make for yourself, but if you understand the law then it will help you make an educated decision about your safety. Be safe and make good decisions.


Rob is the Founder, Editor, and writer for You Can Carry. He became interested in concealed carry, self-defense, and emergency/personal preparation as he got married and had his first kid. His new-found desire to protect his family and keep them safe led him to getting a concealed firearm permit from the state of Utah, which began an increasing love for firearms and concealed carry. He is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and a Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor. Connect with Rob on Google+

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