New testimonials video just released

Utah CFP Instructor in testimonials video

Thanks to everyone who helped out with this big project! I hope that this new testimonials video will serve as a huge help for those who are interested in getting their Utah Concealed Carry Permit. Take a look for yourself and tell me what you think!


Denali Firearms Launches New Website!

Best pistol smith in all of UtahHey everyone, I just wanted to let you know about Denali Firearm’s new website!  Go take a look and let me know what you think.  Blake at Denali Firearms has done a lot of work on my firearms and I’m extremely happy with all of the work that’s he’s done.  If you see any custom work done on any of my pistols, you’re sure to find his work.  Here ‘s his contact info: in the PJSTAR newspaper instructor Mike Steck feature in the news

Utah Concealed Carry Instructor Michael Steck was recently interviewed by the PJSTAR newspaper in Peoria, IL. Michael was in Peoria teaching the Utah Concealed Carry Permit class. Please see the full article for more information:

Read the article here.

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Border Protection and use of force

Just take a few minutes watching this documentary:

Borderland from California is a place. on Vimeo.

This video raises some important use of force issues. What would you do if you were down on the border like this and were approached? That raises the next question, while you are probably justified to use force, what tactical considerations should you consider? I’m not convinced that if you’re down there on the border like that one magazine is enough. Just one revolver?

What do you think?

Great documentary!

Looking forward to the new year with new classes

Just wanted to post that I am so excited to be done with the bar exam and teaching more Utah Concealed Carry Classes. Looking forward to seeing you at our next Utah CFP course. Please let us know when you are ready to take the class.

NRA Basic Pistol INSTRUCTOR Course

This is the NRA Basic Pistol Instructor Course that you need in order to become a Utah CFP instructor. All class materials will be provided as a part of this class. It will begin on Friday April 15th at 4 pm and go until 10pm. We will then spend the entire next day at the range and in the classroom. The cost of the course is $300. This cost covers all of your costs that you will need in order to become an NRA instructor. Once you are certified as an NRA basic pistol instructor, you will then be able to take the Utah BCI course that then certifies you as a Utah CFP instructor. Also, I will be offering a discount on the instructor materials that I’m offering here on How to teach the Utah CFP course.

For more information about the course, please visit the registration page.

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University of Utah Open Carry Debate in the news and some insight

Recent stories in the news highlight a problem in Utah law that came to the forefront as a security guard and a police officer were placed on administrative leave for releasing an internal memo from the University of Utah about carrying firearms openly.  In effect, the memo describes how University police are supposed to encourage people to conceal their firearms if they have a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit.  If they do not, the officers are directed to order the person to leave the campus.  If they do not, the officer is to cite the person violating UCA § 76-8-703, which deals with interfering with school activities.  You can view the entire memo here:

The Open Carry Poilcy of the University of utah is under fire

You can also view the and Salt Lake Tribune article’s for more reporting on the case.

So here’s the biggest problem about the issue.  While it is generally recognized that Utah is an “Open Carry” state, Utah law DOES NOT address what exactly that means.  Also, nowhere in Utah law will you find any discussion or mention of “Open Carry”.  Here’s how the statutes come together to establish that Utah is an Open Carry state:

Open Carry

76-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street.
(1) Unless otherwise authorized by law, a person may not carry a loaded firearm:
(a) in or on a vehicle, unless:
(i) the vehicle is in the person’s lawful possession; or
(ii) the person is carrying the loaded firearm in a vehicle with the consent of the person lawfully in possession of the vehicle;
(b) on a public street; or
(c) in a posted prohibited area.
(2) Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to a minor under 18 years of age, since a minor under 18 years of age may not carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
(3) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a)(i) and (ii), a person may not possess a loaded rifle, shotgun, or muzzle-loading rifle in a vehicle.
(4) A violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor.

76-10-523. Persons exempt from weapons laws.
(1) This part and Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7, Concealed Weapon Act, do not apply to any of the following:
(a) a United States marshal;
(b) a federal official required to carry a firearm;
(c) a peace officer of this or any other jurisdiction;
(d) a law enforcement official as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711;
(e) a judge as defined and qualified under Section 53-5-711;
(f) a common carrier while engaged in the regular and ordinary transport of firearms as merchandise; or
(g) a nonresident traveling in or through the state, provided that any firearm is:
(i) unloaded; and
(ii) securely encased as defined in Section 76-10-501.
(2) The provisions of Subsections 76-10-504(1) and (2), and Section 76-10-505 do not apply to any person to whom a permit to carry a concealed firearm has been issued:
(a) pursuant to Section 53-5-704; or
(b) by another state or county.

So, 505 establishes that you cannot carry a loaded firearm out in the public and then 523 goes on to say that 505 does not apply to some with a Utah CFP.  So, in essence, the implication is that you can carry an unloaded firearm because that is not a violation of 505.  Once you have your Utah CFP, you can carry that firearm openly or concealed fully loaded.  Sounds a little weird the way it all comes together, right?  Well, in my opinion, that’s the real problem here…the statutes are not explicit and where it is not explicit, you run into problems where the University is creating this policy.  If you happened to read the policy, also notice that what is not in there…there is no mention of violating an open carry law.  It’s all about disturbing school activities.  So, in the end, while I don’t agree with the University policy, the real problem is that the legislature needs to take up the issue of open carry and end the confusion!

Incorrect statement about traveling with firearms

A recent article on the Miami Herald recently reported about a man who was charged for having handguns in his checked baggage. The article reported that “it is illegal to fly with weapons without permission.” This statement is completely incorrect.  You can check out the article for yourself:Carrying a firearm on the airplain

What can you do with your firearms on the airplane?

TSA does allow you to travel with firearms on your flight.  There are very specific provisions that must be followed, but you can travel with firearms and you do not need “permission” as alluded to in the article.

You can find all of the provisions and recommendations on TSA’s website.

Firearms and travel

In sum, here’s what TSA says:

* You must declare all firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
* The firearm must be unloaded.
* The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.
* The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you. Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion. The pictures provided here illustrate the difference between a properly packaged and an improperly packaged firearm.
* We recommend that you provide the key or combination to the security officer if he or she needs to open the container. You should remain in the area designated by the aircraft operator or TSA representative to take the key back after the container is cleared for transportation. If you are not present and the security officer must open the container, we or the airline will make a reasonable attempt to contact you. If we can’t contact you, the container will not be placed on the plane. Federal regulations prohibit unlocked gun cases (or cases with broken locks) on aircraft.
* You must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging that is specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
* You can’t use firearm magazines/clips for packing ammunition unless they completely and securely enclose the ammunition (e.g., by securely covering the exposed portions of the magazine or by securely placing the magazine in a pouch, holder, holster or lanyard).
* You may carry the ammunition in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as you pack it as described above.
* You can’t bring black powder or percussion caps used with black-powder type firearms in either your carry-on or checked baggage.

Check it out for yourself. You can and should take your firearms when you travel. As a Utah Concealed Carry holder, when I travel with my firearm I’m always careful to take precautions and follow all of TSAs provisions.