Several gun control measures failed early in the committee stage in the Utah legislature. The failure of the bills was a result of advocacy carried out by various gun rights groups in the state. The Second Amendment supporters contacted some members of the committees and implored them to uphold the will of the people who do not approve of the various unconstitutional gun control laws.
House Bill 109, known as Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchasers, prohibits firearm transfers between private individuals. In addition, the bill would impose the infamous universal background checks for all firearm transfers involving people who are not federal firearm licensees. This requirement would have banned the transfer of firearms with neighbors and friends. Democratic Rep. Brian King sponsored the bill, which failed to advance to the full house.
House Bill 115, known as Dangerous Weapon Custodian Liability, shifted responsibility from the criminals to legal gun owners when a stolen firearm is used in a crime. The firearm owner would be liable for damages when such an event took place. Rep Andrew Stoddard sponsored the bill.
House Bill 136, known as Safe Firearms Storage Amendments, would impose storage requirements that would render firearms useless for self-defense in cases of a home invasion. The bill also required a firearm dealer to post a notice warning the firearm owner against the storage of firearms in ways that the bill does not approve. In addition, it imposed penalties for firearm dealers for failing to post the notices. The law was a significant intrusion into people’s homes. If passed, the bill would have forced gun owners to become vulnerable to criminals in their own homes despite owning the firearms. Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Weight sponsored the failed bill.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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