Gun restrictions a hot topic – is Utah’s ‘Safe Harbor Law’ enough?

Gun restrictions a hot topic - is Utah's 'Safe Harbor Law' enough?

Utah’s "Safe Harbor Law" allows adults to contact police, and hand guns to officers, if someone they live with is a danger to themselves or others. (KUTV) SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A renewed national conversation over gun restrictions is taking shape in the aftermath of the Colorado and Georgia mass shootings. In Utah, state lawmakers this past winter made it easier to carry concealed weapons, but also facilitated voluntary, temporary surrender of guns in some cases. Utah’s "Safe Harbor Law" allows adults to contact police, and hand guns to officers, if someone they live with is a danger to themselves or others. The law was changed in the past legislative session , so that police could pick up weapons — if you choose — at your home. “This just gives them an option to have their firearms stored safely, with no questions asked,” said Rep. Cory Maloy, the author of changes to the Safe Harbor Law, including the most recent. “It’s all voluntary until the time they feel safe again.” For the Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center, which said it has a mailing list of 1,500, the law is better than nothing, but not enough. “If the gun owner shows up the next day and says, ‘I want them back,‘ they (the police) have to give them back,” said Nancy Halden, spokesperson for the group. “So in domestic violence situations, that could cause a lot of trouble." She said Utah should go further with a state "Red Flag […]

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