Currently, Utah is the only state in the nation that will honor a permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by any other state or county. That already sets the Beehive State apart, but what is also notable about Utah is that obtaining a Utah Firearm Permit will allow an individual to carry concealed firearms in thirty-seven other states across the country.
While the remaining fourteen states do not honor Utah permits, eight of those may still issue a non-resident permit/license. Moreover, only six states—New York, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, California and Hawaii—outright prohibit Utah residents from legally carrying a concealed firearm.
Where it gets tricky is that of the eight states, Minnesota and New Mexico do honor Idaho’s “Enhanced” Concealed Weapon License, which is available to Utah residents. Additionally, Minnesota honors the Nevada Concealed Firearm Permit; while New Mexico honors the Arizona Concealed Weapon Permit.
The states of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island and South Carolina as well as Washington, D.C. all have permits that can be obtained by out-of-state residents, but some are far harder to obtain than others.
New Jersey is among the most difficult to obtain, and applicants need to have a valid reason for applying for the permit; while Connecticut offers the option for firearm owners from Utah and other states with a valid concealed permit to apply for Connecticut State Pistol Permit, however it requires the successful completion of a Firearms Safety course approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection as required by CT State Statute 29-28(b).
Other states have eligibility based on property ownership—such as South Carolina, which allows non-residents who own property in the state to apply for a concealed weapon permit. In the case of South Carolina, an assessor must sign a form stating that you own real property within the state. Additionally, members of the United States Armed Forces and stationed in South Carolina or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces that is stationed in South Carolina you may apply for a non-resident permit.
Those Utah residents who wish to carry a concealed handgun in the nation’s capital of Washington must register all firearms they plan on carrying.
What is also notable about Utah is that non-residents can also apply for the concealed weapons permit, which is then recognized by many of those thirty-seven states. However, there are some states that will only accept Utah’s permit so long as the holder is in fact a resident of Utah. The Beehive State offers a “Standard” permit for those twenty-one years of age and older; and a “Provisional” permit for those between the ages of eighteen to twenty years.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.