Helpful or pointless? Bill allows volunteers to join no-buy gun lists

Helpful or pointless? Bill allows volunteers to join no-buy gun lists

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker who describes himself as a passionate Second Amendment supporter has filed a new bill meant to reduce suicide and violence by gun. But he insists it is not a “red flag” bill. And anti-gun violence advocates say the bill is pointless. Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, on Wednesday released HB82 , a bill that would allow Utahns to voluntarily put themselves on a no-buy list, or a list that would prohibit them from purchasing any firearms from a retail store for a temporary period of time. The aim of the bill, Maloy said, is to provide a tool for Utahns who may be in a time of crisis and are worried they’re a danger to themselves or others. “They could be suicidal, they could have mental health issues, or some other crisis that’s going on in their home or whatever,” Maloy told the Deseret News Wednesday. “What I love about this is it’s totally voluntary. Nobody can force them to do it. Nobody can make them do it. It has to be voluntary.” The bill would allow a person to voluntarily sign up with the Bureau of Criminal Identification to be restricted from buying a firearm from a retail store. The restriction would last for 30 days, after which the person would be able to request to be removed from the restricted list. The restriction would automatically expire after six months, according to the current draft of the […]

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