HB 237: Firearms and Domestic Violence Modifications (Rep Perry/Sen Bramble) establishes protective provisions by the court to prohibit domestic violence perpetrators from possessing firearms. The bill would require the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to inform local law enforcement when an individual on prohibitory notice attempts to obtain a firearm through a registered dealer. This bill also increases a domestic violence offense to a Class A misdemeanor when the perpetrator is equipped with a firearm or dangerous weapon. Sounds good right? But wait…
Also included in this bill is a provision that would allow permitless concealed carry for individuals 21 years of age or older. Why does this matter? Gun permits in Utah require gun owners to complete a class in gun safety and do a criminal background check. Eliminating these basic safety measures is dangerous for Utah.
HB 237 is a BAD BILL that it is opposed even by law enforcement. Last year Governor Herbert vetoed a similar permitless concealed carry bill saying our current laws requiring permits are working just fine. HB 237 already passed in the House. Let’s help stop this bill from passing in the Senate!
CALL TO ACTION
- Contact your state senator and tell them to vote “NO” on HB 237 Firearms and Domestic Violence Modifications”. Be sure to mention that you are a constituent!
For more information, check out this article in the Salt Lake Tribune.