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Alert for 1/30/2013
Control Bill (SB 120) Flies through Senate Committee
Think Utah's politicians are gun-friendly, respectful of
appropriate checks-and-balances, and eager for citizen
input? Think again.
On only the second day of the legislative session, before
citizens can examine the bill language, and rights advocates
can alert the public regarding potential dangers, a senate
committee unanimously (5 yeas, 0 nays, 2 absent) passed
Senate Bill 120 (by rep. Margaret Dayton); sending it on to
the full senate.
This bill would vastly expand the political power of one
person, the state forester, granting him/her near-absolute
power to selectively target gun owners for harassment. For
our threat assessment of SB 120,
HB 50: "The Gun Owner
House Bill 50 creates so-called
"dating violence protective orders" that unaccountable
judges could utilize to deprive a person of his/her firearms
— all without
substantive due process. For our threat assessment of HB
A Feeble "Thumbs Up" to HB
Currently, state and local statute enforcement agencies are
under no substantive time restriction to return firearms
seized by their agents. House Bill 287 establishes a 30-day
time limit for statute enforcement agencies to return seized
firearms that are used in court proceedings, or that are
"not used for court proceedings."
Aside from being toothless (i.e.
lacking a penalty for agents who fail to comply), and still
tolerating far too much latitude for bureaucratic
incompetence and/or harassment, it is a baby step in the
right direction. to see why we give HB 287 our feeble
The war is underway for your rights.
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