There are now 16 gun bills in the 2019 Utah Legislative Session ending March 14, 2019 at midnight.
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Joint Resolution on Existing Weapon Restrictions
Rep. Cory Maloy
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
This bill reenacts and modifies previously sunsetted provisions relating to firearm safety programs and a suicide prevention education course.
Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments
Rep. Raymond Ward
This bill requires reporting of certain information by the courts to the Bureau of Criminal Identification.
Court Commissioner Amendments
Rep. Kelly Miles
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.
Safe Storage of Firearms Amendments
Rep. Elizabeth Weight
Mandates a one size fits all onerous storage requirement on gun owners.
Weapons Restrictions Amendments
Rep. Norman Thurston
This bill changes and clarifies the prohibitions for carrying a dangerous weapon by an intoxicated individual.
Rep. Norman Thurston
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.
Voluntary Commitment of a Firearm Amendments
Rep. Cory Maloy
Clarifies existing law where a family member can request voluntary temporary commitment of a firearm to law enforcement.
Liability of Firearm Custodian
Rep. Andrew Stoddard
This bill makes firearm owners liable for the acts of criminals.
Extreme Risk Protective Order
Rep. Stephen Handy
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.
Open Carry near schools
Rep. Joel Briscoe
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.
Domestic Violence modifications
Rep. Christine Watkins
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.
Domestic Violence Weapons Amendments
Rep. Brian King
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.
Prohibition on Firearms Modification Devices
Rep. Patrice Arent
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.
Prohibited Persons Amendments
Rep. Susan Duckworth
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
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
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.
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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