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S.B. 251

This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 5, 2003 at 9:45 PM by bhilbert. --> PLEASE NOTE:


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        March 5, 2003 (9:40pm)

Mr. President:

    The House passed S.B. 251, FIREARMS REVISIONS, by Senator B. Evans, with the following amendments:
1.    Page 1, Line 15:    After "(1)" bracket "(a)" and after "not" insert "knowingly and intentionally"

2.    Page 1, Line 16:    Bracket "(i)" and insert "(a)"

3.    Page 1, Line 17:    Bracket "(ii)" and insert "(b)"

4.    Page 1, Line 18:    Bracket "(iii)" and insert "(c)"

5.    Page 1, Line 19:    Bracket "(iv)" and insert "(d)"

6.    Page 1, Line 21:    Bracket "(v)" and insert "(e)"

7.    Page 1, Line 22:    Bracket "(vi)" and insert "(f)"

8.    Page 1, Line 24:    Bracket "(vii)" and insert "(g)"

9.    Page 1, Line 26:    Bracket "(A)" and insert "(i)"

10.    Page 1, Line 27:    Bracket "(B)" and insert "(ii)"

11.    Page 2, Line 29:    Delete "(viii)" and insert "(h)"

12.    Page 2, Lines 31-33:    Bracket lines 31-33

13.    Page 2, Line 47:    Bracket "or"

14.    Page 2, Line 49:    After "law" Bracket "." and insert "; or
        (c) who had actual permission of the owner or person in charge of the property, real or personal, at the time in question.

and returns it to the Senate for consideration.




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Carole E. Peterson
        Chief Clerk

16 sb0251.wpd 9:40 pm JLW/bhilbert




Sponsor: Beverly Ann Evans

             5      This act modifies provisions dealing with weapons by prohibiting the discharge of a
             6      firearm or dangerous weapon in the direction of a house, dwelling, occupied vehicle, or
             7      building in a manner that threatens the safety or property of others.
             8      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             9      AMENDS:
             10          76-10-508, as last amended by Chapter 214, Laws of Utah 2000
             11      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             12          Section 1. Section 76-10-508 is amended to read:
             13           76-10-508. Discharge of firearm from a vehicle, near a highway, or in the
             14      direction of any person, building, or vehicle -- Penalties.
             15          (1) (a) A person may not discharge any kind of dangerous weapon or firearm:
             16          (i) from an automobile or other vehicle;
             17          (ii) from, upon, or across any highway;
             18          (iii) at any road signs placed upon any highways of the state;
             19          (iv) at any communications equipment or property of public utilities including
             20      facilities, lines, poles, or devices of transmission or distribution;
             21          (v) at railroad equipment or facilities including any sign or signal;
             22          (vi) within Utah State Park buildings, designated camp or picnic sites, overlooks, golf
             23      courses, boat ramps, and developed beaches; [or]
             24          (vii) without written permission to discharge the dangerous weapon from the owner or
             25      person in charge of the property within 600 feet of:
             26          (A) a house, dwelling, or any other building; or
             27          (B) any structure in which a domestic animal is kept or fed, including a barn, poultry

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     yard, corral, feeding pen, or stockyard[.]; or
             29          (viii) in the direction of a house, dwelling, occupied vehicle, or any other building in a
             30      manner that threatens the safety or property of others.
             31          (b) It shall be a defense to any charge for violating this section that the person being
             32      accused had actual permission of the owner or person in charge of the property at the time in
             33      question.
             34          (2) A violation of any provision of this section is a class B misdemeanor unless the
             35      actor discharges a firearm under any of the following circumstances not amounting to criminal
             36      homicide or attempted criminal homicide, in which case it is a third degree felony and the
             37      convicted person shall be sentenced to an enhanced minimum term of three years in prison:
             38          (a) the actor discharges a firearm in the direction of any person or persons, knowing or
             39      having reason to believe that any person may be endangered;
             40          (b) the actor, with intent to intimidate or harass another or with intent to damage a
             41      habitable structure as defined in Subsection 76-6-101 (2), discharges a firearm in the direction
             42      of any building; or
             43          (c) the actor, with intent to intimidate or harass another, discharges a firearm in the
             44      direction of any vehicle.
             45          (3) This section does not apply to a person:
             46          (a) who discharges any kind of firearm when that person is in lawful defense of self or
             47      others; or
             48          (b) who is performing official duties as provided in Sections 23-20-1.5 and 76-10-523
             49      and as otherwise provided by law.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-12-03 1:52 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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