SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Venues have a huge amount of autonomy in Utah when it comes to security.
Security guards must be licensed by the state, but those licensing requirements vary between armed and unarmed guards.
Police officers often work as security guards while off-duty and state law allows them to do so armed and in police uniform as contractors through their police department or through a private company.
Michael Morales is an assistant manager at the Moose Lounge in downtown SLC and he explained that security starts even before patrons walk in the door with metal detectors and a strict dress code.
He said, “We want our customers to know that the Moose Lounge is a safe, friendly environment, we’re here to provide a safe and fun place to be, and we’re here to protect you as well.”