Well, I'm not so sure it does give them authority to make a notification rule... Mabye it does, but here is the email I sent asking for clarification.
Hi, I noticed that the BCI rules were no longer posted, and
it sparked a question in my mind. BCI has made a rule that
a concealed permit holder must notify a Law Enforcement
Officer that he/she is carrying a concealed weapon. I searc
hed the state law for anything that gives BCI the authority
to make a rule pertaining to firearms, and only found a
section allowing BCI to make rules regarding the administrat
ion of permits, not how a permit holder must act during a
stop. Under Utah Code 53-5-704 section 13, it says: The
commissioner may make rules in accordance with Title 63G,
Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to
administer this chapter.
However, nothing indicates that BCI has the authority to
regulate behavior during an encounter with law enforcement.
I am admittedly not a scholar by any means, and even less
so when it comes to legal code, but this seems to be pretty
Maybe I'm getting worked up over nothing, since I've heard
a rumor that the rules were getting re-worked anyway, but
if not, I'd appreciate some guidance on what authority BCI
acts under making a rule pertaining to firearms.