Utah lacks ‘foundational’ gun laws, ranks 37th in strength of gun statutes across the U.S., study finds

Utah lacks ‘foundational’ gun laws, ranks 37th in strength of gun statutes across the U.S., study finds

Utah also has the eighth-highest rate of gun suicide in the nation and last year passed a law allowing concealed carry without a permit. (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) People gather during a 2nd Amendment rally in front of the Utah Capitol in 2021. A new study ranked Utah in the bottom half of all states based on the strength of its gun statutes. A January study from Everytown for Gun Safety analyzing gun laws around the country ranked Utah in the bottom half of all states based on the strength of its gun statutes. Comparing laws from every state, the study placed Utah 37th on its list, finding that it “lacks every foundational gun violence prevention law and has the eighth-highest rate of gun suicide.” The ranking took into account a wide range of policies, including laws that were considered “foundational,” as well as those regulating the gun industry and public safety, guns in public, keeping guns out of the wrong hands, policing and civil rights, and sales and permitting. “All states should start with a core group of five foundational laws — passing background checks and/or purchase permitting, along with Extreme Risk laws and secure gun storage requirements; and rejecting Stand Your Ground and permitless carry laws,” the report states. While Utah does not currently regulate any of those things, it does have laws prohibiting felons, domestic abusers and those who have been involuntarily committed, or have been found to be a danger to themself […]

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