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H.B. 287






Chief Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill requires a law enforcement agency to return a firearm in its possession to the
             11      legal owner upon proof of ownership.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires a law enforcement agency to return a firearm in its possession to the legal
             15      owner within a certain time period upon proof of ownership;
             16          .    provides a process for a person who does not have the original proof of purchase to
             17      claim ownership of a firearm; and
             18          .    requires a law enforcement agency that returns a firearm to a legal owner to
             19      document the firearm disposition.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          76-10-525, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1973, Chapter 196

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 76-10-525 is amended to read:
             30           76-10-525. Disposition of firearms.
             31          [All police departments and/or sheriff's departments which have in their possession a
             32      weapon]
             33          (1) A law enforcement agency as defined in Section 53-1-102 that has in its possession
             34      a firearm after it has been used for court [purposes] proceedings shall determine the [true] legal
             35      owner of the [weapon and return it to him; however, if unable to determine the true owner of
             36      the weapon, or if the true owner is the person committing the crime for which the weapon was
             37      used as evidence, the department shall confiscate it and it shall revert to that agency for their
             38      use and/or disposal as the head of the department determines.] firearm and return it to the
             39      owner within 30 days after the conclusion of court proceedings.
             40          (2) A law enforcement agency in possession of a firearm that is not used for court
             41      proceedings as described in Subsection (1), shall be returned within 30 days to the legal owner
             42      upon submitting proof of ownership.
             43          (3) A law enforcement agency may retain or dispose of a firearm pursuant to the
             44      agency's firearm disposal policy, if:
             45          (a) it is unable to determine the legal owner of the firearm;
             46          (b) the legal owner may not lawfully possess the firearm; or
             47          (c) the legal owner was convicted of a crime for which the firearm was used as
             48      evidence.
             49          (4) A law enforcement agency shall accept a sworn affidavit of firearm ownership from
             50      the person asserting ownership if the original proof of purchase is lost.
             51          (5) A law enforcement agency shall document the disposition of any firearm.

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