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H.B. 134 Enrolled

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FIREARM SAFETY AMENDMENTS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Steve Eliason

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Senate Sponsor: Stuart C. Reid

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Don L. Ipson
             8      Tim M. Cosgrove
             9      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Stewart BarlowBrian M. Greene
Stephen G. Handy
Michael S. Kennedy
Ronda Rudd MenlovePaul Ray
Edward H. Redd
Ryan D. Wilcox              10     
             11      LONG TITLE
             12      General Description:
             13          This bill enacts provisions relating to a voluntary firearm safety program.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    reduces the concealed firearm permit fee for a resident's initial application;
             17          .    requires the Bureau of Criminal Identification, in consultation with the state suicide
             18      prevention coordinator, to implement and manage a firearm safety program,
             19      including:
             20              .    producing a firearm safety brochure and firearm safety packet;
             21              .    procuring cable-style gun locks;
             22              .    distributing firearm safety packets;
             23              .    administering a redeemable coupon program in which a Utah resident who has
             24      filed an application for a concealed firearm permit receives a redeemable
             25      coupon toward the purchase of a gun safe and receives a firearm safety
             26      brochure;
             27          .    creates a restricted account known as the Concealed Weapons Account;


             28          .    creates a restricted account known as the Firearm Safety Account; and
             29          .    repeals certain provisions of this bill, subject to sunset review, on July 1, 2018.
             30      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             31          This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2015:
             32          .    to Department of Public Safety - Programs and Operations - Bureau of Criminal
             33      Identification:
             34              .    from General Fund Restricted - Firearm Safety Account, $70,000
             35          .    to Department of Public Safety - Programs and Operations
             36              .    from General Fund Restricted - Concealed Weapons Account, $3,100,000
             37          .    to General Fund Restricted - Firearm Safety Account as a one-time appropriation:
             38              .    from Nonlapsing Balances - Department of Public Safety - Programs and
             39      Operations, $250,000
             40      Other Special Clauses:
             41          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
             42      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             43      AMENDS:
             44           53-5-707 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 280
             45           53-10-202 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 396
             46           62A-15-1101 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 194
             47           63I-1-253 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 369
             48           63I-1-262 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 125
             49           76-10-526 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 278
             50      ENACTS:
             51           53-10-202.1 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             52           63I-1-276 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             53     
             54      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             55          Section 1. Section 53-5-707 is amended to read:


             56           53-5-707. Concealed firearm permit -- Fees -- Concealed Weapons Account.
             57          (1) (a) [Each] An applicant for a concealed firearm permit shall pay a fee of [$29.75]
             58      $24.75 at the time of filing an application[, except that a].
             59          (b) A nonresident applicant shall pay an additional [$5] $10 for the additional cost of
             60      processing a nonresident application.
             61          [(b)] (c) The bureau shall waive the initial fee for an applicant who is a law
             62      enforcement officer under Section 53-13-103 .
             63          [(c)] (d) Concealed firearm permit renewal fees for active duty service members and
             64      spouses of an active duty service member shall be waived.
             65          (2) The renewal fee for the permit is $15.
             66          (3) The replacement fee for the permit is $10.
             67          (4) (a) The late fee for the renewal permit is $7.50.
             68          (b) As used in this section, "late fee" means the fee charged by the bureau for a renewal
             69      submitted on a permit that has been expired for more than 30 days but less than one year.
             70          [(5) The bureau shall use the fees collected under Subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) as a
             71      dedicated credit to cover the costs of issuing concealed firearm permits under this part.]
             72          (5) (a) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the
             73      "Concealed Weapons Account."
             74          (b) The account shall be funded from fees collected under this section.
             75          (c) Funds in the account shall be used to cover costs relating to the issuance of
             76      concealed firearm permits under this part and may not be used for any other purpose.
             77          (6) (a) The bureau may collect any fees charged by an outside agency for additional
             78      services required by statute as a prerequisite for issuance of a permit.
             79          (b) The bureau may modify the fee under Subsection (1)(a) by adjusting that fee so that
             80      the total of the fee under Subsection (1)(a) and the fee under Subsection (6)(a) is the nearest
             81      even dollar amount to that total.
             82          (c) The bureau shall promptly forward any fees collected under Subsection (6)(a) to the
             83      appropriate agency.


             84          (7) The bureau shall make an annual report in writing to the Legislature's Law
             85      Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee on the amount and use of the fees
             86      collected under this section.
             87          Section 2. Section 53-10-202 is amended to read:
             88           53-10-202. Criminal identification -- Duties of bureau.
             89          The bureau shall:
             90          (1) procure and file information relating to identification and activities of persons who:
             91          (a) are fugitives from justice;
             92          (b) are wanted or missing;
             93          (c) have been arrested for or convicted of a crime under the laws of any state or nation;
             94      and
             95          (d) are believed to be involved in racketeering, organized crime, or a dangerous
             96      offense;
             97          (2) establish a statewide uniform crime reporting system that shall include:
             98          (a) statistics concerning general categories of criminal activities;
             99          (b) statistics concerning crimes that exhibit evidence of prejudice based on race,
             100      religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, or other categories that the division finds
             101      appropriate; and
             102          (c) other statistics as required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
             103          (3) make a complete and systematic record and index of the information obtained
             104      under this part;
             105          (4) subject to the restrictions in this part, establish policy concerning the use and
             106      dissemination of data obtained under this part;
             107          (5) publish an annual report concerning the extent, fluctuation, distribution, and nature
             108      of crime in Utah;
             109          (6) establish a statewide central register for the identification and location of missing
             110      persons, which may include:
             111          (a) identifying data including fingerprints of each missing person;


             112          (b) identifying data of any missing person who is reported as missing to a law
             113      enforcement agency having jurisdiction;
             114          (c) dates and circumstances of any persons requesting or receiving information from
             115      the register; and
             116          (d) any other information, including blood types and photographs found necessary in
             117      furthering the purposes of this part;
             118          (7) publish a quarterly directory of missing persons for distribution to persons or
             119      entities likely to be instrumental in the identification and location of missing persons;
             120          (8) list the name of every missing person with the appropriate nationally maintained
             121      missing persons lists;
             122          (9) establish and operate a 24-hour communication network for reports of missing
             123      persons and reports of sightings of missing persons;
             124          (10) coordinate with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other
             125      agencies to facilitate the identification and location of missing persons and the identification of
             126      unidentified persons and bodies;
             127          (11) receive information regarding missing persons, as provided in Sections 26-2-27
             128      and 53A-11-502 , and stolen vehicles, vessels, and outboard motors, as provided in Section
             129      41-1a-1401 ;
             130          (12) adopt systems of identification, including the fingerprint system, to be used by the
             131      division to facilitate law enforcement;
             132          (13) assign a distinguishing number or mark of identification to any pistol or revolver,
             133      as provided in Section 76-10-520 ;
             134          (14) check certain criminal records databases for information regarding motor vehicle
             135      salesperson applicants, maintain a separate file of fingerprints for motor vehicle salespersons,
             136      and inform the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division when new entries are made for certain
             137      criminal offenses for motor vehicle salespersons in accordance with the requirements of
             138      Section 41-3-205.5 ;
             139          (15) check certain criminal records databases for information regarding driving


             140      privilege card applicants or cardholders and maintain a separate file of fingerprints for driving
             141      privilege applicants and cardholders and inform the federal Immigration and Customs
             142      Enforcement Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security or law
             143      enforcement agencies when new entries are made in accordance with the requirements of
             144      Section 53-3-205.5 .
             145          (16) review and approve or disapprove applications for license renewal that meet the
             146      requirements for renewal; [and]
             147          (17) forward to the board those applications for renewal under Subsection (16) that do
             148      not meet the requirements for renewal[.]; and
             149          (18) within funds appropriated by the Legislature for the purpose, implement and
             150      manage the operation of a firearm safety program, in conjunction with the state suicide
             151      prevention coordinator, as described in this section and Section 62A-15-1101 , including:
             152          (a) coordinating with the Department of Health, local mental health and substance
             153      abuse authorities, the State Office of Education suicide prevention coordinator, and a
             154      representative from a Utah-based nonprofit organization with expertise in the field of firearm
             155      use and safety that represents firearm owners, to:
             156          (i) produce a firearm safety brochure with information about the safe handling and use
             157      of firearms that includes:
             158          (A) rules for safe handling, storage, and use of firearms in a home environment;
             159          (B) information about at-risk individuals and individuals who are legally prohibited
             160      from possessing firearms;
             161          (C) information about suicide prevention and awareness; and
             162          (D) information about the availability of firearm safety packets;
             163          (ii) procure cable-style gun locks for distribution pursuant to this section; and
             164          (iii) produce a firearm safety packet that includes both the firearm safety brochure
             165      described in Subsection (18)(a)(i) and the cable-style gun lock described in Subsection
             166      (18)(a)(ii);
             167          (b) distributing, free of charge, the firearm safety packet to the following persons, who


             168      shall make the firearm safety packet available free of charge:
             169          (i) health care providers, including emergency rooms;
             170          (ii) mental health practitioners;
             171          (iii) other public health suicide prevention organizations;
             172          (iv) entities that teach firearm safety courses; and
             173          (v) school districts for use in the seminar, described in Section 53A-15-1302 , for
             174      parents of students in the school district;
             175          (c) creating and administering a redeemable coupon program described in this section
             176      and Section 76-10-526 , that may include:
             177          (i) producing a redeemable coupon that offers between $10 and $200 off the purchase
             178      of a gun safe from a participating federally licensed firearms dealer, as defined in Section
             179      76-10-501 , by a Utah resident who has filed an application for a concealed firearm permit;
             180          (ii) advertising the redeemable coupon program to all federally licensed firearms
             181      dealers and maintaining a list of dealers who wish to participate in the program;
             182          (iii) printing or writing the name of a Utah resident who has filed an application for a
             183      concealed firearm permit on the redeemable coupon;
             184          (iv) mailing the redeemable coupon and the firearm safety brochure to Utah residents
             185      who have filed an application for a concealed firearm permit; and
             186          (v) collecting from the participating dealers receipts described in Section 76-10-526
             187      and reimbursing the dealers;
             188          (d) in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             189      making rules that establish procedures for:
             190          (i) producing and distributing the firearm safety brochures and packets;
             191          (ii) procuring the cable-style gun locks for distribution; and
             192          (iii) administering the redeemable coupon program; and
             193          (e) reporting to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
             194      regarding implementation and success of the firearm safety program:
             195          (i) during the 2016 interim, before November 1; and


             196          (ii) during the 2018 interim, before June 1.
             197          Section 3. Section 53-10-202.1 is enacted to read:
             198          53-10-202.1. Firearm Safety Account.
             199          (1) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the
             200      "Firearm Safety Account."
             201          (2) The account shall be funded by appropriations from the Legislature.
             202          (3) Funds in the account may only be used for the Firearm Safety Program established
             203      in Subsection 53-10-202 (18).
             204          Section 4. Section 62A-15-1101 is amended to read:
             205           62A-15-1101. Suicide prevention -- Reporting requirements.
             206          (1) As used in the section:
             207          (a) "Bureau" means the Bureau of Criminal Identification created in Section 53-10-201
             208      within the Department of Public Safety.
             209          [(a)] (b) "Division" means the State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
             210          [(b)] (c) "Intervention" means an effort to prevent a person from attempting suicide.
             211          [(c)] (d) "Postvention" means mental health intervention after a suicide attempt or
             212      death to prevent or contain contagion.
             213          [(d)] (e) "State suicide prevention coordinator" means [a person] an individual
             214      designated by the division as described in [Subsection (2)] Subsections (2) and (3).
             215          (2) The division shall appoint a state suicide prevention coordinator.
             216          (3) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall coordinate the suicide prevention
             217      program, including suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs, services, and
             218      efforts statewide, with at least the following:
             219          (a) local mental health and substance abuse authorities;
             220          (b) the State Board of Education, including the State Office of Education suicide
             221      prevention coordinator described in Section 53A-15-1301 ;
             222          (c) the Department of Health;
             223          (d) health care providers, including emergency rooms; and


             224          (e) other public health suicide prevention efforts.
             225          (4) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall report to the Legislature's Education
             226      Interim Committee, by the November 2014 meeting, jointly with the State Board of Education,
             227      on the coordination of suicide prevention programs and efforts with the State Board of
             228      Education and the State Office of Education suicide prevention coordinator as described in
             229      Section 53A-15-1301 .
             230          (5) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall consult with the bureau to implement
             231      and manage the operation of a firearm safety program, as described in Subsection
             232      53-10-202 (18) and Section 53-10-202.1 .
             233          Section 5. Section 63I-1-253 is amended to read:
             234           63I-1-253. Repeal dates, Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
             235          The following provisions are repealed on the following dates:
             236          (1) Section 53-3-232 , Conditional licenses, is repealed July 1, 2015.
             237          (2) Subsection 53-10-202 (18) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             238          (3) Section 53-10-202.1 is repealed July 1, 2018.
             239          [(2)] (4) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 6, Public Education Job Enhancement Program is
             240      repealed July 1, 2020.
             241          [(3)] (5) The State Instructional Materials Commission, created in Section 53A-14-101 ,
             242      is repealed July 1, 2016.
             243          [(4)] (6) Subsections 53A-16-113 (3) and (4) are repealed December 31, 2016.
             244          [(5)] (7) Section 53A-16-114 is repealed December 31, 2016.
             245          [(6)] (8) Section 53A-17a-163 , Performance-based Compensation Pilot Program is
             246      repealed July 1, 2016.
             247          [(7)] (9) Subsection 53C-3-203 (4)(b)(vii), which provides for the distribution of money
             248      from the Land Exchange Distribution Account to the Geological Survey for test wells, other
             249      hydrologic studies, and air quality monitoring in the West Desert, is repealed July 1, 2020.
             250          Section 6. Section 63I-1-262 is amended to read:
             251           63I-1-262. Repeal dates, Title 62A.


             252          (1) Section 62A-2-120.5 , Pilot program for expedited background check of a qualified
             253      human services applicant, is repealed July 1, 2017.
             254          (2) Subsection 62A-15-1101 (5) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             255          Section 7. Section 63I-1-276 is enacted to read:
             256          63I-1-276. Repeal dates, Title 76.
             257          Subsection 76-10-526 (15) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             258          Section 8. Section 76-10-526 is amended to read:
             259           76-10-526. Criminal background check prior to purchase of a firearm -- Fee --
             260      Exemption for concealed firearm permit holders and law enforcement officers.
             261          (1) For purposes of this section, "valid permit to carry a concealed firearm" does not
             262      include a temporary permit issued under Section 53-5-705 .
             263          (2) (a) To establish personal identification and residence in this state for purposes of
             264      this part, a dealer shall require an individual receiving a firearm to present one photo
             265      identification on a form issued by a governmental agency of the state.
             266          (b) A dealer may not accept a driving privilege card issued under Section 53-3-207 as
             267      proof of identification for the purpose of establishing personal identification and residence in
             268      this state as required under this Subsection (2).
             269          (3) (a) A criminal history background check is required for the sale of a firearm by a
             270      licensed firearm dealer in the state.
             271          (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not apply to the sale of a firearm to a Federal Firearms
             272      Licensee.
             273          (4) (a) An individual purchasing a firearm from a dealer shall consent in writing to a
             274      criminal background check, on a form provided by the bureau.
             275          (b) The form shall contain the following information:
             276          (i) the dealer identification number;
             277          (ii) the name and address of the individual receiving the firearm;
             278          (iii) the date of birth, height, weight, eye color, and hair color of the individual
             279      receiving the firearm; and


             280          (iv) the Social Security number or any other identification number of the individual
             281      receiving the firearm.
             282          (5) (a) The dealer shall send the information required by Subsection (4) to the bureau
             283      immediately upon its receipt by the dealer.
             284          (b) A dealer may not sell or transfer a firearm to an individual until the dealer has
             285      provided the bureau with the information in Subsection (4) and has received approval from the
             286      bureau under Subsection (7).
             287          (6) The dealer shall make a request for criminal history background information by
             288      telephone or other electronic means to the bureau and shall receive approval or denial of the
             289      inquiry by telephone or other electronic means.
             290          (7) When the dealer calls for or requests a criminal history background check, the
             291      bureau shall:
             292          (a) review the criminal history files, including juvenile court records, to determine if
             293      the individual is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm by state or
             294      federal law;
             295          (b) inform the dealer that:
             296          (i) the records indicate the individual is prohibited; or
             297          (ii) the individual is approved for purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm;
             298          (c) provide the dealer with a unique transaction number for that inquiry; and
             299          (d) provide a response to the requesting dealer during the call for a criminal
             300      background check, or by return call, or other electronic means, without delay, except in case of
             301      electronic failure or other circumstances beyond the control of the bureau, the bureau shall
             302      advise the dealer of the reason for the delay and give the dealer an estimate of the length of the
             303      delay.
             304          (8) (a) The bureau may not maintain any records of the criminal history background
             305      check longer than 20 days from the date of the dealer's request, if the bureau determines that
             306      the individual receiving the firearm is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or
             307      transferring the firearm under state or federal law.


             308          (b) However, the bureau shall maintain a log of requests containing the dealer's federal
             309      firearms number, the transaction number, and the transaction date for a period of 12 months.
             310          (9) If the criminal history background check discloses information indicating that the
             311      individual attempting to purchase the firearm is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or
             312      transferring a firearm, the bureau shall inform the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction
             313      where the individual resides.
             314          (10) If an individual is denied the right to purchase a firearm under this section, the
             315      individual may review the individual's criminal history information and may challenge or
             316      amend the information as provided in Section 53-10-108 .
             317          (11) The bureau shall make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             318      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to ensure the identity, confidentiality, and security of all
             319      records provided by the bureau under this part are in conformance with the requirements of the
             320      Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub. L. No. 103-159, 107 Stat. 1536 (1993).
             321          (12) (a) (i) A dealer shall collect a criminal history background check fee of $7.50 for
             322      the sale of a firearm under this section.
             323          (ii) This fee remains in effect until changed by the bureau through the process under
             324      Section 63J-1-504 .
             325          (b) (i) The dealer shall forward at one time all fees collected for criminal history
             326      background checks performed during the month to the bureau by the last day of the month
             327      following the sale of a firearm.
             328          (ii) The bureau shall deposit the fees in the General Fund as dedicated credits to cover
             329      the cost of administering and conducting the criminal history background check program.
             330          (13) An individual with a concealed firearm permit issued under Title 53, Chapter 5,
             331      Part 7, Concealed Firearm Act, is exempt from the background check and corresponding fee
             332      required in this section for the purchase of a firearm if:
             333          (a) the individual presents the individual's concealed firearm permit to the dealer prior
             334      to purchase of the firearm; and
             335          (b) the dealer verifies with the bureau that the individual's concealed firearm permit is


             336      valid.
             337          (14) A law enforcement officer, as defined in Section 53-13-103 , is exempt from the
             338      background check fee required in this section for the purchase of a personal firearm to be
             339      carried while off-duty if the law enforcement officer verifies current employment by providing
             340      a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer and current law enforcement
             341      photo identification. This section may only be used by a law enforcement officer to purchase a
             342      personal firearm once in a 24-month period.
             343          (15) (a) A dealer may participate in the redeemable coupon program described in this
             344      Subsection (15) and Subsection 53-10-202 (18).
             345          (b) A participating dealer shall:
             346          (i) accept the redeemable coupon only from the individual whose name is on the
             347      coupon and apply it only toward the purchase of a gun safe;
             348          (ii) collect the receipts from the purchase of gun safes using the redeemable coupon
             349      and send them to the Bureau of Criminal Identification for redemption; and
             350          (iii) make the firearm safety brochure described in Subsection 53-10-202 (18) available
             351      to customers free of charge.
             352          Section 9. Appropriation.
             353          Under the terms and conditions of Utah Code Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary
             354      Procedures Act, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, the
             355      following sums of money are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or
             356      reduced from amounts previously appropriated, out of the funds or fund accounts indicated.
             357      These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2015.
             358          To Department of Public Safety - Programs and Operations
             359          From General Fund Restricted - Firearm Safety Account
$70,000

             360          Schedule of Programs:
             361              Bureau of Criminal Identification                $70,000
             362          To Department of Public Safety - Programs and Operations
             363          From General Fund Restricted - Concealed Weapons Account
$3,100,000


             364          Schedule of Programs:
             365              CITS Bureau of Criminal Identification            $3,100,000
             366          Under Section 63J-1-603 , the Legislature intends that appropriations provided under
             367      this section not lapse at the close of fiscal year 2015. The use of any nonlapsing funds is
             368      limited to purposes described in Subsection 53-10-202 (18).
             369          Restricted Fund and Account Transfers. The Legislature authorizes the State Division
             370      of Finance to transfer the following amounts among the following funds or accounts as
             371      indicated.
             372          To General Fund Restricted - Firearm Safety Account
             373          From Nonlapsing Balances - Department of Public Safety -
             374          Programs and Operations
$250,000

             375          Schedule of Programs:
             376              General Fund Restricted - Firearm Safety Account        $250,000
             377          Section 10. Effective date.
             378          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.


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