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H.B. 78





Chief Sponsor: Stephen E. Sandstrom

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies weapons provisions of the Utah Criminal Code on carrying,
             10      displaying, and using a dangerous weapon.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides for the open carrying of a firearm and communication of that fact to
             14      another person by the one carrying the firearm;
             15          .    provides for the drawing or exhibiting of a firearm by an individual who reasonably
             16      believes that the individual or another person is threatened with bodily harm;
             17          .    provides for an investigative procedure by a peace officer of instances that appear to
             18      involve the justifiable use of force; and
             19          .    makes certain technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          76-10-506, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1992, Chapter 101

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 76-10-506 is amended to read:
             30           76-10-506. Openly carrying a firearm -- Drawing or exhibiting -- Investigations --
             31      Threatening with or using dangerous weapon in fight or quarrel.
             32          (1) An individual who is not prohibited from doing so by federal or Utah state law
             33      may:
             34          (a) openly carry a firearm; and
             35          (b) communicate to another person the fact that the individual has a firearm.
             36          (2) If an individual who is carrying a firearm reasonably believes that the individual or
             37      another person is threatened with bodily harm, the individual may warn or threaten the use of
             38      force, including deadly force against the aggressor, including drawing or exhibiting the firearm.
             39          (3) If a peace officer is conducting an investigation of an incident that appears to have
             40      or is alleged to have involved the justifiable use of force under Subsection (2), the officer shall
             41      conduct the investigation so as to disclose all evidence, including testimony, concerning the
             42      alleged offense that might support the apparent or alleged justifiable use of force.
             43          [Every person, except] (4) Except as otherwise provided in Subsections (1) and (2) and
             44      for those persons described in Section 76-10-503 , an individual who[, not in necessary self
             45      defense in the presence of two or more persons,] draws or exhibits [any] a dangerous weapon,
             46      not in self-defense of the individual or another person, in an angry and threatening manner or
             47      unlawfully uses the [same] weapon in [any] a fight or quarrel is guilty of a class A
             48      misdemeanor.

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