Utah's 2022 Legislative Session is OVER!

THANK YOU to all the USSC members and supporters, and other gun rights activists who showed up for hearings, sent emails or texts, or made calls this year.

14 gun-related bills were proposed for the 2022 Session.  Five were fully drafted, and the three bad bills were all defeated, and both good bills were passed!

Thank you for taking action on every USSC ACTION ALERT!


BILL DETAILS-  Click on the bill number in the first column for full text and status.   This opens the official state page with full text of the bill.

Number

Title

Sponsor

USSC
Position/ Status

Comments/Current status

Optional Firearm Background Checks

Rep. Jeffrey Stenquist

OPPOSE

BAD
BILL
DEFEATED

Codifies into Utah law that Federal Firearms Licensed dealers MAY conduct background checks for "private sales." And, authorizes charging fees for the check. This is unnecessary, and is a danger that "may" is easily changed to "shall" and become the "universal background check" process needed as a vehicle for gun confiscation after creating data bases of all guns and gun owners. Common sense tells you that criminals buying or selling guns (or stealing them!) will not bother with either voluntary or mandatory background checks. Further, illegal attempts to purchase guns are almost never prosecuted so this is not something that will punish criminals, only impose additional burdens and costs on honest citizens.

This scheme will cost Utah gun buyers nearly $325,000 DOLLARS A YEAR! The official fiscal note predicts additional payments to the state of $75,000 per year from the $7.50 Brady fee on every background check. But, they DO NOT COUNT THE "transfer fee" dealers will charge to cover their time and work doing the background check for a private transactions where they are not making anything on the sale of the gun. Transfer fees run about $25.00 per gun, costing buyer another $250,000. Essentially a "poll tax" to exercise a Constitutional right!

OPPOSE THIS BILL!
AWAITING COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT

Expanded Background Checks for Firearm Transfers

Rep. Brian King

OPPOSE

BAD
BILL
DEFEATED

 

The same old scheme to require every gun transfer between individuals go through a FFL dealer, at the dealer's place of business, with no limit on fees to be charged. The ONLY use for universal background checks is to force all gun owners into a government database for eventual confiscation.
Criminals who fail existing dealer background checks are hardly ever prosecuted, so don't fall for the "this will keep criminal from getting guns" lie. Criminals steal guns or buy them from drug dealers or other illegal sources.

This is a classic "gun control/registration" scheme, not anything about "gun safety" or fighting crime.

This scheme will cost Utah gun buyers nearly a MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR! The official fiscal note predicts additional payments to the state of $217,500 per year from the $7.50 Brady fee on every background check. But, they DO NOT COUNT THE "transfer fee" dealers will charge to cover their time and work doing the background check for a private transactions where they are not making anything on the sale of the gun. Transfer fees run about $25.00 per gun, costing buyer another $725,000. Essentially a "poll tax" to exercise a Constitutional right!

House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted against this with all 8 Republicans against this bad bill, and all three Democrats voting against gun rights 2/16/22.

Weapon Possession Penalty Amendments

Rep. Jordan Teuscher

SUPPORT

PASSED
Awaiting
GOV Cox
Approval

Exempts people under influence of prescribed AD/HD medication from prosecution if in possession of a firearm.
2/14/22- Approved by House Judiciary Committee 8-0-4
2/17 Passed House 71-0-4.
2/14 Passed Senate Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Committee 4-0-3
Awaiting action by full Senate.

HB 477

 

Firearm Reporting Requirements

Rep. Brian King

OPPOSE

BAD
BILL
DEFEATED

 

This will require BCI to report "statistics on the source of weapons recovered from restricted persons, if known or discoverable."

USSC believes that this needs to be more specific, and we will work with the sponsor to improve the bill.
Of course, we also would like to see prohibited persons illegally possessing arms being prosecuted, not just counted as statistics, and Utah seems to do a poor job of actually enforcing our gun laws.

Firearm Preemption Amendments

Sen. Chris Wilson

SUPPORT

PASSED
Awaiting
Gov. Cox
approval..

Makes it clear that Salt Lake County's clever trick of having their venue managers impose a "universal background check" requirement on gun shows at the Mountain American Expo Center is a violation of state preemption law.
This adds enforcement provisions.

1/25- 1st Substitute adopted and passed by Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee on vote of 5-2-1.

2/11/22 House Judiciary committee adopted a 2nd Substitute version adding provisions allowing restrictions in "homeless shelters."

NOTE- Every single vote in FAVOR of this USSC supported bill was by a Republican, and every vote AGAINST was a Democrat.

 

 

 

 

Firearm Access Amendments

Rep. Dailey-Provost, J.

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Firearm Reporting Requirements

Rep. Brian King

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Firearms Regulations

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

No text available

ABANDONED- no further work on this bill.

 

 

Protected Persons Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Weapon Possession Penalty Amendments

Rep. Teuscher, J.

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Firearm Industry Non-discrimination Amendments

Rep. Casey Snider

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Firearm Safety Amendments

Rep. Walt Brooks

No text available

ABANDONED- no further work on this bill.

 

 

Local Weapon Control Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Restricted Person Possession Amendments

Sen. Daniel Thatcher

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Shooting Range Amendments

Rep. Douglas Welton

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Shooting Range Regulations Amendments

Rep. Stephen Handy

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

Weapon Sale Amendments

Rep. Steve Waldrip

No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

 

 

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No text available

Text of bill not available, and no number assigned.

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