One of the more commonly asked questions about carrying a concealed weapon in the state of Utah is whether or not you are required by law to announce to a police officer you are in possession of a loaded firearm.
According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there is no law that says you must do so. However, it is recommended.
“If an officer finds or sees a gun on your person during their contact with you, and you have not identified yourself as a permit holder in legal possession of a firearm, the officer may assume you are carrying the gun illegally and may take defensive action. For the safety of all involved, it is recommended to immediately identify yourself to the officer as a permit holder in possession of a handgun. This action gives the officer some assurance they are most likely dealing with a law-abiding citizen.”
When speaking with an officer of the law who comes to your window during a traffic stop and you decide to make this fact known, begin by telling the officer you have been issued a Utah State Concealed Carry license, then say you are also in possession of a loaded firearm. This may help prevent confusion, so the officer is not simply told you have a gun without the proper context.
Be aware that telling an officer about your weapon can create a sticky situation as the officer could decide it’s in the best interest of his or her safety that you are disarmed throughout the rest of the encounter and may place you in cuffs in order to disarm you with minimal risk.