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Is this the beginning of guns being removed from citizens, or is it a smart step to protecting people from mentally unstable people?
February 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill being considered in the Utah State Legislature would let people get guns out of their homes to avoid incidences of gun violence.

Rep. Dixon Pitcher’s HB121 creates a “safe harbor” where people can voluntarily surrender their firearms to local police for up to 60 days.

“You can deposit the gun, short term, to get through an emergency,” said Pitcher, R-Ogden. “That’s what the safe harbor bill does for firearms.”

Pitcher said police would register the gun and keep it safe.

“It provides a platform if there’s emergencies in a family — let’s say there’s somebody who feels like they’re suicidal or they have someone with a mental illness or a mental dispute or some type of emergency,” said Pitcher. “Under the conditions we have right now, this is a good time to get the firearm out of the house.”

Pitcher said the bill came out of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The Ogden lawmaker wondered if circumstances could have changed if the shooter’s mother had been able to get her guns out of the home, like his bill would do.

“It saves lives,” he said.

Clark Aposhian of the Utah Shooting Sports Council said he liked the bill “in concept,” but said he had concerns with the bill. He wanted to ensure that no one was surrendering someone else’s firearm. Pitcher said his bill would not allow police to accept someone else’s gun.

Aposhian said he also had concerns about a provision in the bill that allowed police to keep the firearm if it went unclaimed after a certain period of time.

“Let’s see if we can get something in the statute that yes, protects someone who may be temporarily despondent and shouldn’t have access to a firearm, but protects their rights as well,” he said.

HB121 is expected to have a hearing in the coming weeks

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  • mehamil1
    February 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    This is pretty reasonable in my opinion. 

  • annas_momma
    February 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM
    I see absolutely nothing wrong with a bill like this, and I'm one of those "crazy gun rights people".
  • autodidact
    February 9, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    why do you find the choice a threat? 

  • Jack_Squat
    February 9, 2013 at 2:35 AM


    I have no opinion on this, really, and I don't find it a threat. I was simply asking which way you see it. 

    Quoting autodidact:

    why do you find the choice a threat? 



  • Mipsy
    by Mipsy
    February 9, 2013 at 3:06 AM
    I think its a good idea, but worry about them getting their property back even though they are stable (or whoever was unstable is now or gone getting treatment etc)
  • Neuro
    by Neuro
    February 9, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    I think this is a good idea. Utah is pretty conservative in it's views regarding guns so of course they are going to want to provide citizens with these privileges without stripping them of their rights.

  • meriana
    by meriana
    February 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Sounds like a good idea to me.

  • soonergirl980
    February 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM
    Quoting annas_momma:

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with a bill like this, and I'm one of those "crazy gun rights people".





    Yep me too
  • FromAtoZ
    February 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    This is a choice and it is a good idea.

  • Lizard_Lina
    February 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM
    Me too.
    I'd just like to see if there are hoops one has to jump through to get the firearm back like proof the emergency is difused or will they just be able to come back and claim their property.


    Quoting annas_momma:

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with a bill like this, and I'm one of those "crazy gun rights people".

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