To: Jacob Anderegg, David Lifferth, Mike Kennedy, Keven John Stratton, Kay Christofferson, Brian Greene, Val Peterson, Dana Layton, Keith Grover, Dean Sanpei, Rebecca Lockhart, Francis Gibson, Michael Mckell, Marc Roberts,
Subject: House Bill 134
Date: Thu Mar 06 00:06:49 MST 2014
To the representatives of Utah County,
My name is Scot Stacey. I own a home in Eagle Mountain, Utah. I have heard recently that the money that the people of our state spend to pay for our concealed permits has built up a significant amount of extra money. I have also heard that this money is being proposed to be used in a new program to promote firearm safety programs in House Bill 134. While I appreciate that we need to push for firearm safety, I don't believe that this is the best use of the money that we have paid into that account. The NRA has programs that are already up and running for this type of program and we do not need to spend money from hard working tax payers to pay for another program to 're-invent the wheel'. This bill is also to help with prevention of suicide, but asking people who pay for their concealed permits to pay for such programs is a gross misuse of our money. Firearms are not the cause of suicides, and roughly half of suicides are even carried out by firearms. Japan has extreme limits on firearms, and yet they have 50 percent higher suicide rates than the United States. Suicide is a large concern, especially in the state of Utah, but funding a program, that will pay non-elected governmental officials to come up with programs to help is not how this money should be managed.
Please put this bill to a stop.
Thank you,Scot Stacey