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H.B. 49

             1     

FIREARMS REVISIONS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

             5     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill deals with provisions related to the possession of a firearm or dangerous
             10      weapon.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that in the absence of additional threatening behavior, the otherwise lawful
             14      possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon, whether visible or concealed, is not a
             15      violation of certain statutory provisions;
             16          .    provides that governmental entities may not enact, maintain, or enforce firearm or
             17      dangerous weapon laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations without explicit authority
             18      granted by the Legislature;
             19          .    provides that where authority has been granted to a governmental entity by the
             20      Legislature to regulate firearms or other dangerous weapons, any law, ordinance,
             21      rule, regulation, code of conduct, or contractual obligation based on that grant shall
             22      reference the grant and detail the conduct that is limited or prohibited pursuant to
             23      the grant; and
             24          .    voids any firearm or dangerous weapon law, ordinance, rule, regulation, code of
             25      conduct, or contractual obligation that does not reference the applicable legislative
             26      grant of authority and detail the conduct that is limited or prohibited pursuant to the
             27      grant.


             28      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             29          None
             30      Other Special Clauses:
             31          None
             32      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             33      ENACTS:
             34          76-10-532, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35     
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 76-10-532 is enacted to read:
             38          76-10-532. Possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons as applied to
             39      interpreting general laws.
             40          (1) In the absence of additional threatening behavior, the otherwise lawful possession
             41      of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, whether visible or concealed, is not a violation of
             42      Section 10-8-47 , 10-8-50 , 76-6-206 , 76-8-703 , 76-8-704 , 76-8-705 , 76-9-102 , 76-9-103 ,
             43      76-9-104 , 76-9-106 , 76-10-506 , or 76-10-507 .
             44          (2) Except where explicit authority to regulate firearms or other dangerous weapons
             45      has been granted by the Legislature, a local authority, political subdivision, municipality, or any
             46      other state entity may not enact, maintain, or enforce a law, ordinance, rule, regulation, code of
             47      conduct, or contractual obligation that limits or prevents the otherwise lawful possession of a
             48      firearm or other dangerous weapon, whether visible or concealed.
             49          (3) If explicit authority has been granted by the Legislature to a local authority,
             50      political subdivision, municipality, or other state entity to regulate firearms or other dangerous
             51      weapons, any law, ordinance, rule, regulation, code of conduct, or contractual obligation based
             52      on that explicit grant of authority shall:
             53          (a) reference the statute that grants the authority to regulate the firearm or other
             54      dangerous weapon;
             55          (b) detail specifically the conduct involving a firearm or other dangerous weapon that
             56      is limited or prohibited; and
             57          (c) use the term firearm if the prohibition or limitation only involves a firearm.
             58          (4) A firearm or dangerous weapon law, ordinance, rule, regulation, code of conduct,


             59      or contractual obligation enacted, made, adopted, or entered into by a local authority, political
             60      subdivision, municipality, or other state entity that does not meet the requirements of
             61      Subsection (3) is void.




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