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    On some different threads I have read in different from different states has made me wonder. Where can I find and learn about the laws pretaining to self defense or in the defense of others for the state of Utah. I would like to know what the laws say I can do in a situation where either my life of someone elses life is in danger.

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    Search for the Utah Code in Google and you'll find it. The applicable statutes are under Title 76 (Criminal Code), Chapter 2. Sections 402-408 givern use of force and deadly force in defense of self, persons, habitation and property.

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    rocknsnow wrote:
    On some different threads I have read in different from different states has made me wonder. Where can I find and learn about the laws pretaining to self defense or in the defense of others for the state of Utah. I would like to know what the laws say I can do in a situation where either my life of someone elses life is in danger.
    Such laws comprise about 1/2 of the required Utah CCW course. (The other half is devoted to off limits locations and a cursory check of safe gun handling techniques.)

    Attending a course from a reputable instructor would be very valuable for anyone who carries--and even many who don't--regardless of whether you were going to obtain a permit right away or not. Not only will a good instructor cover statute, which is easy to find on the Utah web page, but s/he will also be up to date on court decisions (precedence), administrative rules, as well as some of the common police/prosecutor procedures to expect in a defensive use of force situation.

    I don't know whether the course has an "expiration" date between when you take it and when you apply for a permit. But I should think many instructors would work you some kind of deal to let you sit in on a course now and then officially take the course just prior to applying for a permit on or after your 21st birthday if you wanted.

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    Mitch Poncho Vilos will be coming out with a book on Utah Self-Defense Laws sometime in the future.

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    Thanks for all the information. I am actually taking the class at rangemasters on the 23rd so I can get my Maine permit. I am not 21 yet and figured i will get what i can.

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