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S.B. 249





Chief Sponsor: Mark B. Madsen

House Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides that a person who complies with Utah law regarding the possession
             10      of firearms is exempt from federal license and verification provisions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a person who complies with Utah law regarding the possession of
             14      firearms is exempt from license and verification provisions in18 U.S.C.
             15      922(q)(2)(B)(ii).
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          76-10-505.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 91
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 76-10-505.5 is amended to read:
             26           76-10-505.5. Possession of a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun on
             27      or about school premises -- Penalties.

             28          (1) As used in this section, "on or about school premises" means:
             29          (a) (i) in a public or private elementary or secondary school; or
             30          (ii) on the grounds of any of those schools;
             31          (b) (i) in a public or private institution of higher education; or
             32          (ii) on the grounds of a public or private institution of higher education; and
             33          [(iii) (A)] (c) (i) inside the building where a preschool or child care is being held, if the
             34      entire building is being used for the operation of the preschool or child care; or
             35          [(B)] (ii) if only a portion of a building is being used to operate a preschool or child
             36      care, in that room or rooms where the preschool or child care operation is being held.
             37          (2) A person may not possess any dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shotgun, as
             38      those terms are defined in Section 76-10-501 , at a place that the person knows, or has
             39      reasonable cause to believe, is on or about school premises as defined in this section.
             40          (3) (a) Possession of a dangerous weapon on or about school premises is a class B
             41      misdemeanor.
             42          (b) Possession of a firearm or sawed-off shotgun on or about school premises is a class
             43      A misdemeanor.
             44          (4) This section does not apply if:
             45          (a) the person is authorized to possess a firearm as provided under Section 53-5-704 ,
             46      53-5-705 , 76-10-511 , or 76-10-523 , or as otherwise authorized by law;
             47          (b) the possession is approved by the responsible school administrator;
             48          (c) the item is present or to be used in connection with a lawful, approved activity and
             49      is in the possession or under the control of the person responsible for its possession or use; or
             50          (d) the possession is:
             51          (i) at the person's place of residence or on the person's property; or
             52          (ii) in any vehicle lawfully under the person's control, other than a vehicle owned by
             53      the school or used by the school to transport students.
             54          (5) Any person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm as defined in Section
             55      76-10-503 , and is not in violation of this section, is considered to be individually licensed and
             56      verified by the state for the purposes of 18 U.S.C. 922(q)(2)(B)(ii).
             57          [(5)] (6) This section does not prohibit prosecution of a more serious weapons offense
             58      that may occur on or about school premises.

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    as of 2-3-12 10:21 AM

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