Anyway, I had a quick question. When you mention open carrying of a loaded weapon is legal as long as one has a license, are you referring to a Concealed Firearm Permit, or is there a separate permit for openly carrying a loaded weapon?
Also, one more quick question. I was once told during a discussion that if I legally carry a concealed weapon and, for whatever reason, the weapon comes into plain sight it is considered brandishing a weapon. Anyone know if this is true? It doesn't sound right to me, maybe someone can clue me in.
Thanks in advance for any info.
Your questions have easy answers here in Utah.
The only permit you need is your Utah concealed weapons permit, or a similar permit from any other State (Utah honors them all). Said permit EXEMPTS you from laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons and laws prohibiting the carrying of loaded guns in various places (like public streets, in your car, etc). However you are not required to conceal the weapon, nor are you required to carry it loaded.
Since you are not required to conceal, there is no criminal violation if a concealed firearm should become visible during normal activities.
Deliberately displaying it during a fight on confrontation MIGHT trigger Utah's "threatening with a deadly weapon" (our version of "brandishing") law depending on the circumstances, whether you were legally justified in using deadly force, etc. But bending over to pick up keys, or reaching up to a top shelf is NOT going to cause any problems.
Please note, I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, AND the above applies only to Utah. There are States--such as Texas--where concealed weapons MUST remain concealed and any display, even unintentionally, is a violation of law.