Utah's 2020 Legislative Session ended at midnight Thursday March 12th.

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!
YOU made things happen!

There were a record 31 gun-related bills in the 2020 Session.

ZERO BAD GUN BILLS PASSED-  6 were defeated, and 2 more died without action.

3 GOOD GUN BILLS PASSED- which is good, but the bad news is that 6 others died due to lack of action, mainly in the Senate which was afraid to tackle gun bills this session.

USSC was neutral on 4 bills, and 3 passed and 1 died without final action.

9 More bills were started, but never got fully drafted.


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

Boards and Commissions Amendments

Rep. Marc Roberts

NEUTRAL

Passed both houses- awaiting signature by Governor
3/12 Approved by full Senate
3/6 Approved by Senate committee
2/28 Approved by House 65-0-10
2/25 Approved by committee 10-0-1
This cleans up numerous state advisory boards and the like which are no longer active, and those on the list which are active will be renewed. The BCI Firearms Review Board is one of those on the list.

Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchasers

Rep. Brian King

OPPOSE

VICTORY!-Bill tabled in committee 8-3-0 on 2/24, and returned to Rules Committee 2/26. Bill is bascically dead for this session.
2/26 Returned to Rules Committee.
2/24 House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee hearing held with large number of people opposing or supporting the bill attending. The committee "tabled" the bill on a vote of 8-3-0.
The sponsor tried to reassure people that this would not lead to registration, but that ignores the stated aims of numerous Democrats politicians who want registration and confiscation.

The usual scheme to force all gun transfers into the FFL background check system, which criminals will ignore anyway. This would also impose a "poll tax" of about $35-40 for fees to transfer a firearm, similar to the unconstitutional "poll tax" on voting rights which was outlawed by the 24th Amendment. The real threat from this "background check" scheme is that it could easily be turned into "Universal registration of guns and gun owners."
STRONGLY OPPOSE!
Instead of this, they should be working on ways to punish felons, fugitives, addicts and abusers who illegally get guns, or try to get them. This is an example of a pure "gun control" bill, not "crime control."

HB 115

 

Dangerous Weapon Custodian Liability

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

OPPOSE

VICTORY! 2/24 DEFEATED HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. Dead for this session.
2/13 Awaiting action by House Judiciary Committee
This is a jobs bill for lawyers, trying to make criminals out of gun owners if their guns are taken and misused. Increase the penalties for those who misuse guns, not innocent gun owners.
STRONGLY OPPOSE!

HB 136

 

Safe Storage of Firearms Amendments

Rep. Elizabeth Weight

OPPOSE

VICTORY- no action taken by committee. Returned to Rules Committee.DEAD FOR THIS SESSION.
2/24 Hearing held by Judiciary Committee with a lot of public input, heavily against the bill. The bill was not voted up or down, and the committee went on to the next item. The committee may take it up for a vote at a future meeting, or if no action is taken, it will be returned to the Rules Committee, and basically dead for this session.

USSC supports firearms safety and keeping guns away from people who may accidentally or intentionally hurt themselves or others. However, a one size fits all approach is not the best way. Also, this bill totally ignores many other common household items which may be used or misused to harm self or others.
STRONGLY OPPOSE!
This is not a child safety bill, but a gun ban bill!

HB 149

 

Residential Property Restrictions on Firearms

Rep. Cory Maloy

SUPPORT

LOSS- No action taken by House or Senate.
Basically prohibits property management companies from restricting lawful possession of firearms on rental property.

School Threat Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

SUPPORT

VICTORY! Passed both houses- awaiting signature by Governor
3/12 Passed by full Senate
3/2 Passed by Senate Education Committee 4-0-4
2/27 Passed by House 67=0=8
2/21- Second Substitute passed by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 8-0-3

Makes threats against schools illegal and provides penalties.
The initial version of the bill included a slap on the wrist diversion of juveniles to a school system "restorative Justice," which would have kept them out of the justice system. The same approach that resulted in the Parkland, FL killer never getting added to the list to keep him from buying a gun.
With this change in the Second Substitute, USSC now supports this bill, but if the "restorative justice" foolishness is restored, we will oppose again.

Fishing and Hunting Restrictions for Nonpayment of Child Support

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

NEUTRAL

Passed both houses- awaiting signature by Governor
3/10 Passed by Senate 26-1-2
2/27 Preliminary approval by Senate 20-4-5
2/24 Approved by Senate committee 5-1-2
2/18 Passed by full House 68-4-3
2/12 Approved by Committee 11-0-0

HB 229

 

Extreme Risk Protection Order "Red Flag bill"

Rep. Steve Handy

OPPOSE

VICTORY!- DEAD FOR THIS SESSION
Sponsor notes a lack of support for the bill, and is not pressing for action at this time.
A gun confiscation scheme being sold as a safety measure.
WATCH THIS ONE CAREFULLY, it is still a viable bill and may start moving on short notice.

Prohibited Persons Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

NEUTRAL

Passed House but Senate did not act on it.
2/25 Passed House 67-3-5.
2/19 Passed House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 10-1-0

Requires people convicted of crimes which prohibit possession of firearms to dispose of any firearms they own to a dealer, police, or someone not prohibited from owning a gun.
The general idea is good, but this bill is convoluted. USSC supports HB 316 by Rep. Brian King passed which does the same thing, but in a much better way.

Firearm Preemption Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

SUPPORT

LOSS-Passed House but Senate did not act on it.
2/28 Passed by House 55-15-5 (party line vote)
2/26 Approved by HOUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE 7-3-1
Clarifies that Counties, cities, etc cannot make gun laws or require background checks not required by state law.
(Yes, this is a smack down of Salt Lake County's attempt to impose firearms restrictions by telling their contractor, who runs the county owned Mountain American Expo Center, to require gun show promoters to conduct universal background checks or they cannot rent the facility. Shame on the SL County Mayor Jenny Wilson and District Attorney Sim Gill for the clear violation of the intent of existing state law!)
STRONGLY SUPPORT!

HB 282

 

Voluntary Firearms Restrictions Amendments

Rep. Cory Maloy

SUPPORT

LOSS- Passed House but Senate did not act on it.
3/2 Passed House 70-0-5
2/19 Passed House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 6-1-4

Restricted Status Amendments

Rep. Brian King

SUPPORT

LOSS- Passed by House but Senate took no action.
3/5 Passed by House 66-0-9
2/25 Passed by House Judiciary Committee 10-0-2

Similar to HB 267 2nd Substitute, which does pretty much the same thing, but HB 316 is much cleaner and easier to understand.
USSC supports this bill over HB 267 2nd Substitute.

Rampage Violence Prevention Study

Rep. Lee Perry

SUPPORT

VICTORY- Passed both houses- awaiting signature by Governor
3/10- passed by Senate 25-2-2
3/2 Passed full House 66-0-9
2/28 Passed House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 7-0-4

Firearms Removal Amendments (RED FLAG BILL)

Rep. Joel Briscoe

OPPOSE

VICTORY! DEAD FOR THIS SESSION!
3/3 Introduced in House, assigned to Rules Committee.
Another attempt at a "Red Flag" or "emergency protective order" gun confiscation bill totally lacking due process rights for the accused. Even worse, it forces the accused to prove they are NOT a threat, rather than requiring prosecutors to prove they ARE a threat when trying to get the order removed. It only addresses guns, not all the other items which can be used to harm self or others. It ludicrously proposes to confiscate guns from prohibited persons or persons making criminal threats, instead of arresting them on the spot for violation of existing laws.
THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE A COMMITTEE HEARING!

Firearm Safe Harbor Amendments

Rep. Corey Maloy

SUPPORT

LOSS- No action taken by House or Senate.
3/4 Introduced in House, assigned to Rules Committee.
Clarifies "owner cohabitant" rights.

Conceal Carry Firearms Amendments (Constitutional Carry)

Rep. Walt Brooks

SUPPORT

LOSS- Introduced too late for passage.
3/4 Introduced in House, assigned to Rules Committee.
STRONGLY SUPPORT! There is no valid excuse for not allowing law abiding citizens who are not prohibited from firearms ownership from carrying a legal self defense weapon without a permission slip. There is plenty of evidence from many other states that Constitutional Carry does not increase accidents or cause incidents. Remember, the crooks illegally carry guns and don't bother getting permits.

Firearm Identification Amendments

Sen. Karen Mayne

OPPOSE

Dead for this session.
Removed serial numbers or other markings on a gun. A solution in search of a problem. Bill is not necessary, adequately covered by federal law. It also has unintended consequences regarding markings other than serial number.

SB 87

 

Firearm Commitment Amendments

Sen. Daniel Thatcher

OPPOSE  ORIGINAL BILL.
NEUTRAL ON 1st Substitute

Dead for this session
Clarifies procedure for family member to turn guns over for safekeeping.
Problems with original bill, but draft 1st Substitute fixes most of them.
USSC position will probably change once the 1st Substitute replaces the original.

SB 178

 

Administrative Security Amendments

Sen. Curt Bramble

NEUTRAL

Passed both houses- awaiting signature by Governor
3/12 Approved by full house
3/9 Passed House committee 10-0-5
3/3 Passed by Senate 26-0-3
2/28 Approved by Senate Taxation and Revenue Committee 3-0-5
Adds authority for State Tax Commission to set up a gun-free "Secure Area" similar to courts, mental hospitals, etc.

SB 246

 

Extreme Risk Protection Order Requirements

Sen. Todd Weiler

OPPOSE

VICTORY!- DEAD FOR THIS SESSION!
3/5 Introduced in Senate
Another attempt at a "Red Flag" or "emergency protective order" gun confiscation bill totally lacking due process rights for the accused. Even worse, it forces the accused to prove they are NOT a threat, rather than requiring prosecutors to prove they ARE a threat when trying to get the order removed. It only addresses guns, not all the other items which can be used to harm self or others.
THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE A COMMITTEE HEARING!

Amend Utah Constitution - the Right to Hunt, Fish, and Harvest Wildlife

Rep. Casey Snider

SUPPORT

VICTORY- Approved by both House and Senate, awaiting governor's signature!
3/11 Amendments agreed to by House
3/10 Passed Senate 21-7-1
3/4 Approved by Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee 7-0-2
2/29 Passed by House 61-9-5
2/21 Approved by House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee 10-0-3

 

 

Data Collection and Reporting Requirements

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Discharge of Firearms Within Political Subdivisions

Rep. Phil Lyman

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Firearm Production Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Firearms Revisions

Rep. Val Peterson

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Gun-Free Zone Liability Amendments

Rep. Steve Christiansen

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Medical Cannabis Criminal Amendments

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee

Dead for this session.
Bill request only, no details released

 

 

Discharge of Firearms Within Political Subdivisions

Rep. Phil Lyman

Dead for this session.

 

 

Dangerous Weapon Amendments

Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost

N/A Bill abandoned

Bill request only, no details released
BILL ABANDONDED FOR THIS SESSION

 

 

Firearm Commitment Modifications

Interim Committee

N/A Bill abandoned

Bill request only, no details released
BILL ABANDONDED FOR THIS SESSION

 

 

Open Carry Amendments

Rep. Joel Briscoe

N/A Bill abandoned

Bill request only, no details released
BILL ABANDONDED FOR THIS SESSION

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