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hit if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.  Don't hit a man if you can
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1) How does a concealed handgun permit benefit me?

There are several benefits to having a  Concealed Handgun
License: You can legally carry a loaded, concealed handgun
on your person or in your vehicle in Texas and in other
states which honor a Utah CHL. You no longer have to
undergo an F.B.I. background check to purchase a firearm.
You have the legal ability to defend yourself and other
innocent people from the violent acts of criminals.

2) What kind of gun can I carry when I get my handgun

The State requires only that the gun be legally-obtained, and
that you carry only the category of handgun with which you
qualified in class. If you use a revolver in class, then you may
legally carry only a revolver. If you qualify with a
semiautomatic pistol, then you may carry either a revolver or
a semiautomatic pistol. Further, there is no caliber
restriction on what you choose to carry, nor a restriction on
how many handguns you may carry concealed.

3) Will I need a gun before I begin my training class?

Not necessarily.  If you have a gun, bring it; however, you
can rent a gun and buy ammunu\ition at the gun range for
about $30 to qualify.  It is also recommended that you
practice with a handgun before the day you attempt to
If you are applying for a multi-state Utah CHL, there

4) Is my gun now registered with the State?

No. Obtaining a CHL is not a registration of your firearm(s).
The state does not require any report of what handgun you
use or own, only whether you qualified with a semiautomatic
or non-semiautomatic.

5) How much does it cost to get my concealed handgun

Your class fee covers the cost of the training, processing,
photographs, fingerprinting, and notarization of documents
at our private indoor shooting range and facility. You must
pay an additional fee to the state when you mail your
application for processing. A five-year original license is
$140.00. An original license for a person 60 years of age or
older is $70.00. Renewal of a license is $70.00 for a
five-year license regardless of age.  
If you are applying for a
multi-state Utah CHL, the STATE FEE IS ONLY $65.25.  
Renewal for Utah are only $10 (Both for a five-year license).

6) I have heard that I will have to take a special class to get
a license. Is this true?

Yes. You must take a 10-15 hour class taught by a DPS
certified instructor (like Hairston Handgun Training). The
notification form (TR-100) you receive from the instructor
must be sent to the DPS with your other application
If you are applying for a multi-state Utah CHL, the
class time is only 5 hours (No range time).

7) How long does it take to get my concealed weapons

Upon completion of the training course and application
packet, the state has 60 days from the time it receives your
completed materials to issue your license. 45 days are
allowed for a renewal.

8) Do I have to have my packet from the state before I take
the concealed carry permit course?

No. You do not have to have your packet to take the course
(I have plenty available). However;  it is helpful for you to go
on-line, prepay (via credit card) and receive your package in
the mail directly from the state (see DPS link on "link" tab).

9) How long do I have to renew my concealed weapons
permit if it is already expired?

You have one year after expiration of a Concealed Handgun
License to renew it. You may not carry once your license has
expired, even if you have taken the renewal course and are
waiting for your new license to arrive. If your license has
been expired for more than one year, you must start over as
a new original-license applicant.

10) Will a license from my home state be recognized under
the reciprocal license provision?

Upon recommendation of the attorney general, the governor
will issue a proclamation or sign a reciprocity agreement
recognizing a concealed handgun license in another state
and our license in that state. You must abide by the
applicable laws of the given state. An updated list of states
with reciprocity for TX can found here

11) If I was convicted of DWI two years ago, can I still get a
concealed handgun license?

No. DWI is at least a Class B misdemeanor, and you are
ineligible for a license for five years after a conviction for a
Class A or B misdemeanor or disorderly conduct. This
includes cases that were dismissed after you completed
probation or deferred adjudication.

12) If I was arrested for a crime but the charges were
dismissed, will my application be rejected?

No. Dismissals will not be grounds for denial, as long as you
were not placed on probation or deferred adjudication prior
to the dismissal.

13) Can I still carry a handgun without a permit while

Yes. The concealed handgun law augments existing state
weapons laws but does not replace them. The offense of
unlawfully carrying a weapon does not apply if you are

14) Where can I not take my handgun?

Handguns and other weapons cannot be carried at schools
or on school buses, at polling places, in courts and court
offices, at racetracks (where there is Para mutual betting),
at secured airport areas or within 1,000 feet of the premises
of an execution on the day of execution. The law also
specifically prohibits handguns from businesses where
alcohol is sold if more than half of their income is derived
from the sale of alcohol for on-premises consumption, and
from locations where high school, college, or professional
sporting events are taking place.
You may not carry handguns in hospitals or nursing homes,
amusement parks, places of worship or at government
meetings if effective notices (30.06 signs) are posted
prohibiting them. Businesses also may post signs (30.06)
prohibiting handguns on their premises based on criminal
trespass laws.

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