How to Buy a Gun in Utah?


Sarah Rodgers


August 16, 2021

You may have imagined getting a gun before, and the thought might be a little scary. Are they going to sell to you? How expensive will guns be with all the paperwork included? All these questions and more have probably been running through your mind. Hopefully, this article can put those thoughts to rest. However, it’s tough for anyone to get a gun in this day and age without having an almost flawless background. So, before you know what you need to buy a gun, you must know whether or not you can get one legally based on your background. 

Who can obtain a gun legally?

While the limitations seem endless, here are a few major things you need when trying to obtain a gun legally. You must be a resident of Utah of the age of 21. If you are a resident from another state, you will not be able to buy a gun in Utah unless they are in the United States Armed Forces on active duty or their permanent duty station is located in Utah. If this is the case, the military member needs to provide the gun shop with their permanent duty address as well as their resident address. They must also show a copy of their Permanent Change of Station (PCS). This indicates that Utah is their current duty station.


Can I buy a gun as a gift for someone else?

It is legal for you to buy a gun for someone else as a gift. However, it is not lawful for you to buy a gun for someone else, even if they are a restricted person. It is considered purchasing the gun for another person if they have given the other person money to buy the firearm for them. There is an exception if it’s the case of a parent or guardian buying a gun for a minor. This can only happen if a written consent from a parent or guardian can only be for limited purposes, such as target practice, employment, farming, hunting, or ranching. 

What paperwork do I need to buy a gun?

Proof of Address and ID

When an adult of 21 years or older is buying a gun, they must show proof of address with a valid identification card. 

ATF Form and Requirements 

They must also meet all requirements needed to obtain a gun and sign the ATF Form 4473, which the FFL dealer will usually provide. 

Pass Background Check

To obtain a gun, they must complete a background check which will help ensure the firearm isn’t being put into the wrong hands. Before the seller does a background check, you must pay a $7.50 fee order to do so. However, if you provide a valid Utah concealed firearm permit, you aren’t required to pay the fee.

How old do you need to be to buy a gun?

To buy a handgun in the state of Utah, you must be 21 years or older. Of course, this doesn’t include if a parent or guardian buys the gun for the minor, which can only happen due to limited purposes. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our article on buying a gun in Utah. If you are interested in purchasing a firearm from a pawn shop Sportsmans Pawnshop is the place to go. We have an amazing selection of guns and ammo for you to explore. I can’t wait to see you pop into the shop! You can call us at (801) 938-3807.


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