DPS

Gun Denials

CGIC Gun Denial Program

In the fall of 2018, the Utah Department of Public Safety began the Gun Denial Pilot Program within the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) in an effort to reduce gun violence by investigating some of the approximately 1,600 firearm purchase denials that occur in the State of Utah each year. These investigations are generated when a firearm purchase is denied due to a background check that indicates the applicant falsified a form and is ineligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law; Utah State Code 76-10-503 (9).

An individual may be ineligible to purchase a firearm for several reasons, including:

  • A prior felony conviction
  • A domestic violence conviction
  • An individual that is subject of a protective order
  • An individual that has been found mentally defective by the courts.

A full list of causes for denial can be found at BCI’s website.

The Utah Firearm Purchase and Denial Process:

The SBI Gun Denial Investigative Process:

Due to the high number of firearm denials, investigators follow a gun denial triage process that focuses on investigating violent offenders and those who have made numerous attempts to obtain a firearm illegally. Part of the process also includes working closely with local and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors in jurisdictions across the state to coordinate investigative resources and educate public safety stakeholders on the applicable criminal statutes and the investigative goals of the program.

1-BCI sends packets to CGIC 2- CGIC reviews denials and triage cases based on threat levels 3- Additional information in high threat cases is obtained 4- The CGIC evaluates the information and collaborates with local, federal, and state partners to investigate 5-Completed cases are screened with prosecutors