2023 Gun Bills (updated February 1st)

There are 15, 16, 17, 18 and now 19 gun bills so far in this session which will end on March 3rd.  And FOUR MORE new bills have been requested!   A very busy session!

There are several bad gun bills, all from Democrats, which are similar to anti-gun bills being run in other states by Democrats.  These must be stopped.  Several good bills protecting and expanding gun rights have also been introduced.   A few bills with minor tweaks to current law are in the mix as well.   Check the list below.   USSC will send alerts on important bills so YOU can help make Utah safer and protect your rights.

YOUR QUICK ACTION helped defeat on of the worst bills (SB50) on January 19th, but be ready to act again to defeat bad bills and pass good ones.

Thank you for taking action on every USSC ACTION ALERT last year, but your action is just as important this year.!


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.

Bill Number

Bill Title

Bill Sponsor

USSC Position

 

 

USSC Comments/ Status

Drug Possession Penalty Amendments

Rep. Gay Lynn Bennion (D)

Neutral

 

Makes possession of a firearm by someone with a medical marijuana authorization a lesser punishment than if in possession of other drugs, or without ad medical marijuana card.
Passed House committee 7-5 on 1/23/2023.
Awaiting action by full House.

Firearm Reporting Requirements

Rep. Brian King (D)

SUPPORT

 

Requires BCI to collect statistics on the source of firearms recovered from restricted persons.

Nice, but will local government bother to submit the info to BCI to compile the reports? Will prohibited persons in possession of firearms actually be prosecuted? Rep King's bill from a few years ago to collect data on domestic violence abusers who illegally tried to buy a gun has been a dismal failure, with only partial reports submitted, and a small percentage of people committing this easily proven crime have been charged or convicted.

Why pass more gun laws when the current ones are not being enforced?
2/1/2023 Awaiting action by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

WAITING PERIODS ("Gun Safety Amendments")

Rep. Andrew Stoddard (D)

OPPOSE

 

Imposes a 5 day waiting period after purchase before the gun can be delivered. "A right delayed is a right denied." Federal waiting periods started in 1968 ended when the "instant background checks" became possible. If passed, you can be sure that anti-gun folks will push to increase it from 5 days to much longer times, why not 30 days, or a year? TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!
Awaiting committee assignment.

Weapon Possession Under the Influence

Rep. Jason Kyle (R)

SUPPORT

 

Clarifies that lawful use of a controlled substance by prescription is not a ban on firearms possession.
1/30/2023 approved by Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 9-0-4
Awaiting actin by full House.

CWP Permit Fee Waiver For School Employees

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R)

SUPPORT

 

Good policy. But, why should ANY Utah resident be required to "pay a poll tax" to exercise a right?
1/30/2023 Awaiting action by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

Weapon Possession Amendments (misdemeanor assault clarification)

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R)

SUPPORT

 

Clarifies that a misdemeanor assault conviction which has been expunged and rights restored no longer restricts a person from legal firearms purchase.
Approved by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 11-0-2 on 1/25/2023
1/31 Passed by House 70-0-5
Awaiting action by Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee

Firearm Amendments (Laundry list of bad ideas!)

Rep. Brian King (D)

OPPOSE

 

Many unrelated gun control nuisance provisions we oppose, far outweigh one good provision to have BCI report to local law enforcement when a prohibited person attempts to buy a gun.

Why pass more gun laws when the current ones are not being enforced?
Awaiting committee assignment.

Firearm Discharge on Private Property

Rep. Trevor Lee (R)

SUPPORT

 

Clarifies that a person discharging a firearm on private property is liable for the consequences, not the property owner.
1/30/2023- Awaiting action by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee

Voluntary Firearm Safekeeping Amendments

Rep. Paul Cutler (R)

OPPOSE!

 

PROBLEM BILL!
This has turned out to be a stealth "Red Flag bill" to take guns from owners without due process. Ostensibly it allows a cohabitant to turn over their partner's guns for safekeeping, which we support. But, instead of requiring return immediately if a protective order or charges are not filed, it is a more or less open ended "that the guns away" scheme lacking sufficient due process.
If the person is truly a danger to self or others then the person should be held in mental health screening or jail until trial.
Merely taking guns away, and returning someone bent on violent behavior to a house full of knives, clubs, rope, gasoline and motor vehicles is bad. It's not the guns, (or knives, etc), it is the person wanting to commit violent acts which needs to be controlled.

Thus far the sponsor is not willing to revise the bill in ways to make it acceptable, so USSC OPPOSES THIS BILL!

1/30/2023- House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee voted to "Hold" the bill.

Firearm Regulations (Sanctuary state)

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R)

Under Review

 

Support the basic concept.
"Declares that the state and its political subdivisions will not enforce federal laws that purport to restrict or ban certain firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories."
Perhaps better written to remove any requirement for local LEOs to perform federal enforcement actions, rather than an outright prohibition.
Fully support the sentiment, but unintended consequences may be a problem.
(Does this include BCI conducting "Brady checks" for gun purchases? If so, that stops all dealer gun sales in Utah.)
1/30/2023 Assigned to House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee

Firearm Possession Amendments (restricted person provisions)

Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R)

SUPPORT

 

Clarifies provisions regarding several types of prohibited persons.
1/25 passed by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 11-0-2
1/31/2023- Passed by House 70-0-5.
2/1/2023- Awaiting action by Senate Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

Firearm Sale Amendments ("Private sale" background checks)

Rep. Cory Maloy (R)

SUPPORT

 

Support as revised. We like the idea of a private seller being able to confirm a buyer is not a prohibited person, and also a way to confirm a gun is not reported as stolen. However, if passed, there is a danger of a "optional" process being made mandatory at some point in the future.
1/25 passed by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee 12-0-1
2/1/2023 Passed House 70-0-5
Awaiting action by Senate.

Voluntary Firearm Restrictions Amendments

Rep. Steve Eliason (R)

Under Review.   Support basic concept, but looking at details.
2/1/2023 Awaiting action by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

Revisions to the program which allows people to VOLUNTARILY place their name on a list to prohibit purchase or possession of a firearm.
Awaiting committee assignment.

Juvenile Justice Revisions

Rep. Karianne Lisonbee (R)

SUPPORT

 

Revisions to the various juvenile justice issues.
There ere some unnecessary and confusing sections dealing with possession of an "auto sear" by juveniles, which should be removed. Juveniles can still be charged with possession of a firearm, and if it is capable of full automatic fire, it is a serious federal crime which should be prosecuted by the Feds. In reality, juveniles will only get a slap on the wrist, and prosecutors will throw out a complicated "auto sear" charge and go for the easily proven gun charge.
2/1/2023- Awaiting action by House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee.

Firearm Access Amendment/strong>

Rep. Andrew Stoddard (D)

OPPOSE

 

Another bad gun control scheme targeting gun owners, not criminals who misuse guns.
It require owners to keep all guns locked up.
If the gun is not locked up and then accessed or stolen the OWNER gets a $1,000 fine. If the thief uses the gun in a crime, the OWNER gets a $5,000 fine, plus a criminal charge one level below what the actual criminal might be charged with (not convicted of, but merely charged!)

No, thank you. Increase the penalty for theft of a firearm to a serious felony, and prosecute every single gun theft to the full extent of the law!
This is one of the popular schemes being pushed by Democrats in several states, and is totally unacceptable.

Awaiting committee assignment.

Weapon Purchase Amendments ("Assault Weapon" waiting period)

Sen. Kathleen Riebe (D)

OPPOSE
Defeated for this session!

 

THIS BILL IS DEFEATED FOR THE SESSION.  

Totally unacceptable both as a waiting period of any sort, and any sort of demonization of "scary looking guns."
DEFEATED Jan 19th by Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee on a vote of 2 in favor and 6 against.  Thank you to all USSC members and supporters who contacted legislators to oppose this bill!

Restricted Person Possession Amendments (Adds ban on ammunition possession)

Sen. Stephanie Pitcher (D)

OPPOSE

 

Under review. Expands ban on prohibited person possession of weapons to include ammunition of any ammunition components.
What about other dangerous weapons- baseball bats, kitchen knives, gasoline, etc. Adding ammunition may be a step too far into the weeds.
Thursday Jan 19 Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee- not considered

Firearm Identification (Altered markings)

Sen. Stephanie Pitcher (D)

OPPOSE

 

76-10-522 provisions regarding altered serial numbers are UNCONSTITUTIONAL per U.S. District Court ruling, so this section should simply be REPEALED, not amended.
Thursday Jan 19 Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee- not considered

Concealed Firearm Review Board Sunset Extension

Sen. Jerry Stevenson (R)

SUPPORT

 

The Concealed Firearms Permit Review Board authorization expired this year. The bill will extend it for one year.
Instead of having to revise the sunset date, this should extend the Board for 2 or 3 years, not just one.
2/1/2023 Awaiting actin by Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee

None assigned

Firearm Possession Revisions

Rep. Phil Lyman (R)

???

 

details unknown

None assigned

Restricted Persons Amendments

Rep. Andrew Stoddard (D)

???

 

details unknown

None assigned

Safe Storage of Firearms Education Requirements

Rep. Sahara Hayes (D)

???

 

details unknown

None assigned

Shooting Range Requirements

Rep. Doug Owens (D)

???

 

details unknown

None assigned

Firearm Purchase Amendments

Sen. Derek Kitchen (D)

???

 

details unknown
BILL DROPPED FOR THIS SESSION.