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5 Laws In Utah You Need to Understand

Self-defenders and martial artists versed in training in Utah need to know know how some important laws work in regards to self-defense.

Law #1: Open Carry Laws

Under state law, the citizens of Utah have a right to carry unloaded firearms without the concern of a concealed firearm permit. State legislators consider, "unloaded" as not having a round in the firearm ready for the "firing position." In addition, the mechanical actions should have two "mechanical actions." You also cannot conceal the firearm, and it must be visible at all times. While open carry isn't considered legal, residents have received encouragement to be wise in their actions. For example, carrying a semi-automatic rifle near a university could still get a person cited for disorderly conduct.

Law #2: No-Fault Laws

Utah belongs to one of the 12 states that use the no-fault insurance system with car accidents. When you have a car accident, one of the people will be at fault. In the traditional fault states, no party receives money for the property damage claim. In a no-fault state, the issue of property damage remains a fault issue, and car accident victims can have the property damage handled by their own provider. In addition, if you have a bodily injury claim, you could also recover general damages for pain and suffering.

Law #3: Castle Doctrine

The Castle Doctrine simply states that in a home-invasion scenario, the law will assume that the invader poses an imminent threat of deadly force to you and your family, and that you have no duty to retreat from your home. You should also understand the intricacies of it from state to state. What justifies the use of deadly force in the state of Utah? First, using deadly force should never be taken lightly. You must remember how you don't get a chance for a do-over. Not to mention, if you fail against the intruder, they will be twice as angry. Utah uses a "Stand Your Ground" law. This means that the use of force against a person is justified if the other person intended to cause death or bodily harm. In Utah, the term, "Forcible Felony," covers a broad range of crimes, and this ranges from aggravated assault and murder to robbery and arson. It should also be pointed out that the use of deadly force doesn't require you to use a knife or gun or another weapon. For in defense of habitation is a statute that lets you use deadly force only when you have a reasonable reason to fear the intruder.

You can also use deadly force in the defense of someone else on property other than your own under similar circumstances.

Law #4: Modified Comparative Negligence

Accidents happen and the injuries that follow are bound to come with it. If you have been injured in an accident that was someone else's fault, how do you figure out the person who was at fault? The legal system makes use out of negligence claims to determine who was at fault in the accident that caused the injury. The careless party usually has to pay the other party. In any case, figuring out the person or people who owe a duty of care to the other must become established. The key in this becomes about figuring out if the individual had failed to establish their duties. If a breach happened, they will become financially responsible for it. However, the court will first have to determine if the person or the group had a direct link to the injuries of the case.

Law #5: Permits

In Utah, gun laws are quite lenient in comparison to other states like California and New York. You have a right to bear arms for the defense of your family, self and property. However, you do need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Non-residents might also need to carry a non-resident permit and individuals under the age of 21.

These are some of the laws that you should understand in Utah. Along with the state laws, you should always obey the federal and local laws as well. Also, the differences in this state will depend on what state you came from. For example, you will see a big difference between this state and California, whereas it might be closer to a state like Texas because of how both are Republican states.


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