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H.B. 268





Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill includes displaying a dangerous weapon under certain circumstances in the
             10      definition of disorderly conduct.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that displaying a dangerous weapon in public under certain circumstances
             14      may be disorderly conduct; and
             15          .    confirms that merely displaying a dangerous weapon in public without other
             16      behavior is not disorderly conduct.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          76-9-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1999, Chapter 20
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 76-9-102 is amended to read:
             27           76-9-102. Disorderly conduct.

             28          (1) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if:
             29          (a) [he] the person refuses to comply with the lawful order of [the police] a law
             30      enforcement officer to move from a public place, or knowingly creates a hazardous or
             31      physically offensive condition, by any act which serves no legitimate purpose; or
             32          (b) intending to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly
             33      creating a risk thereof, [he] the person:
             34          (i) displays a dangerous weapon in a public place under circumstances that would
             35      cause a reasonable person to fear for the safety of any person;
             36          [(i)] (ii) engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous, or threatening behavior;
             37          [(ii)] (iii) makes unreasonable noises in a public place;
             38          [(iii)] (iv) makes unreasonable noises in a private place which can be heard in a public
             39      place; or
             40          [(iv)] (v) obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
             41          (2) "Public place," for the purpose of this section, means any place to which the public
             42      or a substantial group of the public has access and includes but is not limited to streets,
             43      highways, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings,
             44      transport facilities, and shops.
             45          (3) The otherwise lawful possession of a dangerous weapon, whether visible or
             46      concealed, without additional behavior, does not constitute a hazardous or physically offensive
             47      condition, threatening behavior, or a cause for public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm
             48      under Subsection (1).
             49          [(3)] (4) Disorderly conduct is a class C misdemeanor if the offense continues after a
             50      request by a person to desist. Otherwise it is an infraction.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-14-12 7:54 AM

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