There are now 16 gun bills in the 2019 Utah Legislative Session ending March 14, 2019 at midnight.

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Number

Title

Sponsor

USSC
Position/ Status

Comments

Joint Resolution on Existing Weapon Restrictions

Rep. Cory Maloy

Support
Passed House awaiting Senate action

Resolution recognizes that the best manner to protect against armed criminals is to enforce Utah's numerous existing gun laws.

Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention Amendments

Rep. Steve Eliason

Support
Passed House
Senate Pending

This bill reenacts and modifies previously sunsetted provisions relating to firearm safety programs and a suicide prevention education course.

HB 36

 

Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments

Rep. Raymond Ward

Support
PASSED

This bill requires reporting of certain information by the courts to the Bureau of Criminal Identification.

HB 68

 

Court Commissioner Amendments

Rep. Kelly Miles

Support
PASSED

This bill provides that a court commissioner is exempt from certain weapons laws if the court commissioner completes the required training; and makes technical changes.

HB 87

 

Safe Storage of Firearms Amendments

Rep. Elizabeth Weight

Oppose
DEFEATED

Mandates a one size fits all onerous storage requirement on gun owners.

HB 94

 

Weapons Restrictions Amendments

Rep. Norman Thurston

Neutral
PASSED

This bill changes and clarifies the prohibitions for carrying a dangerous weapon by an intoxicated individual.

HB 114

 

Self-defense Amendments

Rep. Norman Thurston

Support
PASSED

This bill clarifies that under existing Utah law an individual is not required to retreat from an aggressor and how that must be addressed if brought up at a trial.

HB 152

 

Voluntary Commitment of a Firearm Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

Support
DEFEATED

Clarifies existing law where a family member can request voluntary temporary commitment of a firearm to law enforcement.

HB 190

 

Liability of Firearm Custodian

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

Oppose
Pending

This bill makes firearm owners liable for the acts of criminals.

HB 209

 

Extreme Risk Protective Order

Rep. Stephen Handy

Oppose
Pending

Creates an Extreme Risk Protective Order or "red flag" law where just about anybody can have cops confiscate a person's firearms with a shocking lack of due process protections. No one wants criminals or crazy people to have guns, but this is not the way to do it.

HB 217

 

Open Carry near schools

Rep. Joel Briscoe

Oppose
DEFEATED

Prohibits guns within 500 feet of school grounds (not just the buildings) except for specific cases. A similar ban was eliminated by the legislature in 2011 and there have not been any problems which would be prevented by this bill. Criminals ignore all the existing "gun free victim zone" laws anyway so this will not make anything safer.

HB 243

 

Domestic Violence modifications

Rep. Christine Watkins

Support
Passed House
Senate Pending

Allows temporary carrying of concealed weapon by person who has obtained a protective order while waiting to complete other requirements for regular issue of permit.

HB 325

 

Domestic Violence Weapons Amendments

Rep. Brian King

Neutral
Passed House

Senate Pending

This bill is a grandstanding opportunity taking advantage of interest in domestic violence and making it look like something is being done. In reality, it only requires an annual report of what law enforcement has done after someone with a domestic violence conviction is stopped from buying a gun during a background check.

USSC had requested expanding this to a true crime control bill by reporting on all cases (not just domestic violence) where someone was stopped by a background check, including felony record, drug user, mental health, illegal alien, dishonorable discharge, etc.. This would reveal the ugly truth that Utah, like the federal government, basically does not prosecute criminals when they break the law trying to get guns. Hopefully that would shame prosecutors into doing their job prosecuting criminals.

Refusing to expand reporting to all prohibited persons confirms this is just a "message bill," and proves that demands to expand background checks are not about disarming criminals, but creating obstacles for law abiding citizens.
Passage of HB 325 in its present form will do no harm, but is a missed opportunity to make Utah safer.

HB 331

 

Prohibition on Firearms Modification Devices

Rep. Patrice Arent

Oppose
Held House

a "bump stock" ban, but it is nearly impossible to define what they wnt to ban. As an example BATF has ruled that a common shoestring can be used to do what a "bump stock" does. Federal laws and regulations are pending on this issue and it is best handled at that level instead of a bunch of politicians trying to write complicated technical definitions.

HB 332

 

Prohibited Persons Amendments

Rep. Susan Duckworth

Neutral
Held House

Imposes new prohibitions and reporting when someone is charged or convicted of domestic violence or under a protective order.

Universal Background Checks for Firearms

Rep. Brian King

Oppose
PENDING

Universal background checks are littel more than an excuse to get all gun owners and guns into a dateabase for eventual confiscation. Repeated studies show that criminals do not get guns from legal sources, but rather steal them or by illegal "straw purchases" where they have someone who can pass a check buy the gun for them, or they get them from drug dealers or other illegal sources. This bill will ad costs ("reasonable fees" plus the $7.50 background check fee) and days of delay while both buyer and seller can arrange to meet at a dealer and do the paperwork and check.
It is already illegal for people who would fail a background check to purchase or possess a gun, and that law is not effective and poorly enforced.
This proposal is like adding paperwork and fees for pharmacy customers hoping to cut down illegal street corner drug sales. Crimininals just ignore the laws.

Concealed Carry Permit Amendments

Rep. Lisonbee

Support
PENDING

Allows someone under 21 to apply for a concealed carry permit which would become effective when they turn 21, instead of having to wait until after actually turning 21.

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Several other gun related bills have been requested. Language has not been completed on these, and they may or may not be completed and considered this session. Watch for updates.

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