Utah lawmakers debate requiring gun locks: lifesaver or infringement of rights?

Utah lawmakers debate requiring gun locks: lifesaver or infringement of rights?

A trigger lock on a semi-automatic handgun is displayed at a news conference Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, in Houston. A major pawnbroker announced it will provide gun-disabling trigger locks with all firearms it sells in Texas, a move state Sen. Rodney Ellis hopes the Legislature will follow next year by making the devices mandatory. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) Amid growing concern over school shootings and youth suicide, Rep. Elizabeth Weight, D-West Valley City, is proposing what she considers commonsense legislation to require trigger locks or other secure storage of guns when not in use. The National Rifle Association attacked the proposal Wednesday, and the Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee held a long discussion about whether it would infringe too much on gun owners’ rights, and whether it would actually prevent suicide. “We can save lives,” Weight told the committee. “We know from gun enthusiasts themselves that responsible gun owners secure their firearms when not in use.” She said requiring that by law might increase proper storage and reduce the number of youth suicides and other gun violence. “One-size-fits-all does not work. It might be great for a home with children. It would be inappropriate, perhaps unsafe or dangerous, for a single woman living alone” to try to get a gun out of a safe when an intruder is threatening, Judy said. “It ignores that fact that Utah firearm owners are extremely responsible,” he said, adding that Utah has a low number of accidental shooting deaths. “Rather than […]

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Utah lawmakers debate requiring gun locks: lifesaver or infringement of rights?

Utah lawmakers debate requiring gun locks: lifesaver or infringement of rights?

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Granite School district hearing specialist instructor Kasey Hansen decided to attend the free concealed weapons class after an 11-year-old brought a gun to school. Hansen gets safe handgun training from concealed carry permit instructor Jim McCarthy during the OPSGEAR¨ and the Utah Shooting Sports Council’s free Concealed Carry Weapons Class and Mass Violence Response Training at the Maverick Center, Thursday December 27, 2012 in West Valley City. In Utah teachers with a conceal carry permit can already carry firearms into classrooms. The course is open to all school employees ranging from teachers, bus drivers, principals and custodians.ourse is open to all school employees ranging from teachers, bus drivers, principals and custodians etc..The FREE CCW and Training event is scheduled for Thursday, December 27th from 12-6pm at the Maverik Center. Amid growing concern over school shootings and youth suicide, Rep. Elizabeth Weight, D-West Valley City, is proposing what she considers commonsense legislation to require trigger locks or other secure storage of guns when not in use. The National Rifle Association attacked the proposal Wednesday, and the Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee held a long discussion about whether it would infringe too much on gun owners’ rights, and whether it would actually prevent suicide. “We can save lives,” Weight told the committee. “We know from gun enthusiasts themselves that responsible gun owners secure their firearms when not in use.” She said requiring that by law might increase proper storage and reduce the […]

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