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First Substitute H.B. 75
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions of the Utah Criminal Code regarding the definition of "on
10 or about school premises" as related to the use of a dangerous weapon.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . modifies the definition of "on or about school premises" as related to:
14 . sentencing enhancements for the use of a dangerous weapon; and
15 . those locations where a person may not possess a dangerous weapon, firearm, or
16 sawed-off shotgun; and
17 . makes certain technical changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 76-3-203.2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 339
25 76-10-505.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 203
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 76-3-203.2 is amended to read:
29 76-3-203.2. Definitions -- Use of dangerous weapon in offenses committed on or
30 about school premises -- Enhanced penalties.
31 (1) (a) As used in this section [
32 premises" means [
33 (i) (A) in a public or private elementary[
34 (B) on the grounds of any of those schools; and
35 (ii) (A) in a public [
36 education; or
37 (B) on the grounds of [
38 higher education.
45 (b) As used in this section:
46 (i) "Dangerous weapon" has the same definition as in Section 76-1-601 .
47 (ii) "Educator" means [
48 (A) employed by a public school district; and [
49 (B) required to hold a certificate issued by the State Board of Education in order to
50 perform duties of employment.
51 (iii) "Within the course of employment" means that an educator is providing services or
52 engaging in conduct required by the educator's employer to perform the duties of employment.
53 (2) [
54 uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon, as defined in Section 76-1-601 , in the
55 commission of the offense is subject to an enhanced degree of offense as provided in
56 Subsection (4).
57 (3) (a) [
58 is acting within the course of employment is subject to an enhanced degree of offense as
59 provided in Subsection (4).
60 (b) As used in Subsection (3)(a), "offense" means:
61 (i) an offense under Title 76, Chapter 5, Offenses Against the Person; and
62 (ii) an offense under Title 76, Chapter 6, Part 3, Robbery.
63 (4) If the trier of fact finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant, while on or
64 about school premises, commits [
65 threatens to use a dangerous weapon, or that the defendant committed an offense against an
66 educator when the educator was acting within the course of [
67 the enhanced penalty for a:
68 (a) class B misdemeanor is a class A misdemeanor;
69 (b) class A misdemeanor is a third degree felony;
70 (c) third degree felony is a second degree felony; or
71 (d) second degree felony is a first degree felony.
72 (5) The enhanced penalty for a first degree felony offense of a convicted person:
73 (a) is imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and which may be for life, and
74 imposition or execution of the sentence may not be suspended unless the court finds that the
75 interests of justice would be best served and states the specific circumstances justifying the
76 disposition on the record; and
77 (b) is subject also to the dangerous weapon enhancement provided in Section
78 76-3-203.8 , except for an offense committed under Subsection (3) that does not involve a
80 (6) The prosecuting attorney, or grand jury if an indictment is returned, shall provide
81 notice upon the information or indictment that the defendant is subject to the enhanced degree
82 of offense or penalty under Subsection (4) or (5).
83 (7) In cases where an offense is enhanced [
85 not involve a firearm, the convicted person is not subject to the dangerous weapon
86 enhancement in Section 76-3-203.8 .
87 (8) The sentencing enhancement described in this section does not apply if:
88 (a) the offense for which the person is being sentenced is:
89 (i) a grievous sexual offense;
90 (ii) child kidnapping[
91 (iii) aggravated kidnapping[
92 (iv) forcible sexual abuse[
93 (b) applying the sentencing enhancement provided for in this section would result in a
94 lower maximum penalty than the penalty provided for under the section that describes the
95 offense for which the person is being sentenced.
96 Section 2. Section 76-10-505.5 is amended to read:
97 76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun on
98 or about school premises -- Penalties.
99 (1) As used in this section, "on or about school premises" means:
100 (a) (i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school; or
101 (ii) on the grounds of any of those schools; and
102 (b) (i) in a public institution of higher education; or
103 (ii) on the grounds of a public institution of higher education.
105 shotgun, as those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501 , at a place that the person knows, or
106 has reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in [
110 (b) Possession of a firearm or sawed-off shotgun on or about school premises is a class
111 A misdemeanor.
113 (a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704 ,
114 53-5-705 , 76-10-511 , or 76-10-523 , or as otherwise authorized by law;
115 (b) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;
116 (c) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity and
117 is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use; or
118 (d) the possession is:
119 (i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property; or
120 (ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by
121 the school or used by the school to transport students[
125 that may occur on or about school premises.
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