Utah Code Title 76. Utah Criminal Code § 76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or short barreled shotgun on or about school premises--Penalties

(1) As used in this section, “on or about school premises” means:

(a)(i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school;  or

(ii) on the grounds of any of those schools;

(b)(i) in a public or private institution of higher education;  or

(ii) on the grounds of a public or private institution of higher education;  and

(iii)(A) inside the building where a preschool or child care is being held, if the entire building is being used for the operation of the preschool or child care;  or

(B) if only a portion of a building is being used to operate a preschool or child care, in that room or rooms where the preschool or child care operation is being held.

(2) A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or short barreled shotgun, as those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501 , at a place that the person knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in this section.

(3)(a) Possession of a dangerous weapon on or about school premises is a class B misdemeanor.

(b) Possession of a firearm or short barreled shotgun on or about school premises is a class A misdemeanor.

(4) This section does not apply if:

(a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704 , 53-5-705 , 76-10-511 , or 76-10-523 , or as otherwise authorized by law;

(b) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;

(c) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity and is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use;  or

(d) the possession is:

(i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property;  or

(ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by the school or used by the school to transport students.

(5) This section does not prohibit prosecution of a more serious weapons offense that may occur on or about school premises.


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