Utahns could temporarily give up their right to buy guns under bill before state lawmakers

Utahns could temporarily give up their right to buy guns under bill before state lawmakers

Proponents of the measure say it could help protect people at risk of suicide. (Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy (pictured in 2018), is sponsoring a bill under which Utahns could temporarily give up their right to buy guns if they feel they’re at risk of self-harm. Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255. People at risk of self-harm could put their names on a “no gun” list to stop themselves from buying a firearm in the midst of a mental health crisis, under the provisions of a bill now moving through the Utah Legislature. Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, who’s sponsoring the legislation, said the measure “isn’t going to save a lot of lives, but I believe that it will save some lives.” And it has won support from mental health and gun rights advocates alike, both of whom see it as a way to prevent suicide deaths in Utah without involuntarily stripping people of their firearms. One woman who spoke at a Tuesday committee hearing on the bill believes her mother might still be alive if she’d been able to add her name to the state’s list of people prohibited from buying a firearm. Her mother wanted to live but was taking prescription medication with a side effect that caused her to have suicidal impulses. Frightened by her altered mental state, her mother repeatedly […]

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