Utah lawmakers preparing red flag gun bills after original sponsor halts effort

Utah lawmakers preparing red flag gun bills after original sponsor halts effort

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(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, David Page, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says a few words at a news conference against gun violence at The Impact Hub in Salt Lake City. Two Utah lawmakers — one Republican and one Democrat — are preparing bills that would allow the confiscation of a person’s guns under court order, despite the sponsor of a similar proposal saying last week that it lacks the necessary support to become law. Salt Lake City Democrat Rep. Joel Briscoe and Woods Cross Republican Todd Weiler have both opened bill files dealing with extreme risk protective orders — also known as red flag laws — in which gun owners deemed a danger to themselves or others can be ordered to relinquish their firearms. “This is not jackbooted thugs taking people’s guns,” Briscoe said. “This is protecting gun owners from themselves when they’re not in a safe space, and maybe protecting others.” For the past three years, red flag legislation has been sponsored by Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, but has gained little traction in the Republican-controlled House. And earlier this month, Handy said he would be abandoning the legislation for the current legislative session . “I’ve taken this bill as far as I can take it,” Handy said at the time. But both Briscoe and Weiler said they’d like discussion on the topic to continue, while acknowledging that red flag laws face an uphill climb in […]

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