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First Substitute H.B. 134

Representative Steve Eliason proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
FIREARM SAFETY AMENDMENTS

             2     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Steve Eliason

             5     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions relating to a voluntary firearm safety program.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence
             13      and injury prevention coordinator, to implement a firearm safety program,
             14      including:
             15              .    producing a firearm safety brochure and firearm safety packet;
             16              .    procuring cable-style gun locks;
             17              .    distributing firearm safety packets;
             18              .    administering a redeemable coupon program in which a Utah resident who has
             19      filed an application for a concealed firearm permit receives a redeemable
             20      coupon toward the purchase of a gun safe and receives a firearm safety
             21      brochure; and
             22          .    repeals the provisions of this bill, subject to sunset review, on July 1, 2018.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          This bill appropriates as a one-time appropriation, $900,000, to the Department of
             25      Human Services, Firearm Safety Program.


             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30           53-10-202 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 396
             31           62A-15-1101 , as enacted by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 194
             32           63I-1-253 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 369
             33           63I-1-262 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 125
             34           76-10-526 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 278
             35      ENACTS:
             36           62A-15-1102 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37           63I-1-276 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38     
             39      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             40          Section 1. Section 53-10-202 is amended to read:
             41           53-10-202. Criminal identification -- Duties of bureau.
             42          The bureau shall:
             43          (1) procure and file information relating to identification and activities of persons who:
             44          (a) are fugitives from justice;
             45          (b) are wanted or missing;
             46          (c) have been arrested for or convicted of a crime under the laws of any state or nation;
             47      and
             48          (d) are believed to be involved in racketeering, organized crime, or a dangerous
             49      offense;
             50          (2) establish a statewide uniform crime reporting system that shall include:
             51          (a) statistics concerning general categories of criminal activities;
             52          (b) statistics concerning crimes that exhibit evidence of prejudice based on race,
             53      religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, or other categories that the division finds
             54      appropriate; and
             55          (c) other statistics as required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
             56          (3) make a complete and systematic record and index of the information obtained


             57      under this part;
             58          (4) subject to the restrictions in this part, establish policy concerning the use and
             59      dissemination of data obtained under this part;
             60          (5) publish an annual report concerning the extent, fluctuation, distribution, and nature
             61      of crime in Utah;
             62          (6) establish a statewide central register for the identification and location of missing
             63      persons, which may include:
             64          (a) identifying data including fingerprints of each missing person;
             65          (b) identifying data of any missing person who is reported as missing to a law
             66      enforcement agency having jurisdiction;
             67          (c) dates and circumstances of any persons requesting or receiving information from
             68      the register; and
             69          (d) any other information, including blood types and photographs found necessary in
             70      furthering the purposes of this part;
             71          (7) publish a quarterly directory of missing persons for distribution to persons or
             72      entities likely to be instrumental in the identification and location of missing persons;
             73          (8) list the name of every missing person with the appropriate nationally maintained
             74      missing persons lists;
             75          (9) establish and operate a 24-hour communication network for reports of missing
             76      persons and reports of sightings of missing persons;
             77          (10) coordinate with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other
             78      agencies to facilitate the identification and location of missing persons and the identification of
             79      unidentified persons and bodies;
             80          (11) receive information regarding missing persons, as provided in Sections 26-2-27
             81      and 53A-11-502 , and stolen vehicles, vessels, and outboard motors, as provided in Section
             82      41-1a-1401 ;
             83          (12) adopt systems of identification, including the fingerprint system, to be used by the
             84      division to facilitate law enforcement;
             85          (13) assign a distinguishing number or mark of identification to any pistol or revolver,
             86      as provided in Section 76-10-520 ;
             87          (14) check certain criminal records databases for information regarding motor vehicle


             88      salesperson applicants, maintain a separate file of fingerprints for motor vehicle salespersons,
             89      and inform the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division when new entries are made for certain
             90      criminal offenses for motor vehicle salespersons in accordance with the requirements of
             91      Section 41-3-205.5 ;
             92          (15) check certain criminal records databases for information regarding driving
             93      privilege card applicants or cardholders and maintain a separate file of fingerprints for driving
             94      privilege applicants and cardholders and inform the federal Immigration and Customs
             95      Enforcement Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security or law
             96      enforcement agencies when new entries are made in accordance with the requirements of
             97      Section 53-3-205.5 .
             98          (16) review and approve or disapprove applications for license renewal that meet the
             99      requirements for renewal; [and]
             100          (17) forward to the board those applications for renewal under Subsection (16) that do
             101      not meet the requirements for renewal[.]; and
             102          (18) in accordance with the Firearm Safety Program described in Section
             103      62A-15-1102 :
             104          (a) obtain from the state suicide prevention coordinator redeemable coupons and
             105      firearm safety brochures;
             106          (b) print or write the name of a Utah resident who has filed an application for a
             107      concealed firearm permit on the redeemable coupon; and
             108          (c) mail the redeemable coupon and firearm safety brochure to Utah residents who
             109      have filed an application for a concealed firearm permit.
             110          Section 2. Section 62A-15-1101 is amended to read:
             111           62A-15-1101. Suicide prevention and firearm safety programs -- Reporting
             112      requirements.
             113          (1) As used in the section:
             114          (a) "Violence and injury prevention coordinator" means an individual designated by the
             115      Bureau of Health Promotion to coordinate violence and injury prevention.
             116          [(a)] (b) "Division" means the State Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
             117          [(b)] (c) "Intervention" means an effort to prevent a person from attempting suicide.
             118          [(c)] (d) "Postvention" means mental health intervention after a suicide attempt or


             119      death to prevent or contain contagion.
             120          [(d)] (e) "State suicide prevention coordinator" means [a person] an individual
             121      designated by the division as described in [Subsection (2)] Subsections (2) and (3).
             122          (2) The division shall appoint a state suicide prevention coordinator.
             123          (3) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall coordinate the suicide prevention
             124      program, including suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention programs, services, and
             125      efforts statewide, with at least the following:
             126          (a) local mental health and substance abuse authorities;
             127          (b) the State Board of Education, including the State Office of Education suicide
             128      prevention coordinator described in Section 53A-15-1301 ;
             129          (c) the [Department of Health] violence and injury prevention coordinator;
             130          (d) health care providers, including emergency rooms; and
             131          (e) other public health suicide prevention efforts.
             132          (4) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall report to the Legislature's Education
             133      Interim Committee, by the November 2014 meeting, jointly with the State Board of Education,
             134      on the coordination of suicide prevention programs and efforts with the State Board of
             135      Education and the State Office of Education suicide prevention coordinator as described in
             136      Section 53A-15-1301 .
             137          (5) The state suicide prevention coordinator shall consult with the violence and injury
             138      prevention coordinator to implement the firearm safety program as described in Section
             139      62A-15-1102 .
             140          Section 3. Section 62A-15-1102 is enacted to read:
             141          62A-15-1102. Firearm safety program.
             142          (1) As used in the section:
             143          (a) "Bureau" means the Bureau of Criminal Identification created in Section 53-10-201
             144      within the Department of Public Safety.
             145          (b) "Dealer" means a federally licensed firearms dealer, as defined in Section
             146      76-10-501 .
             147          (c) "Violence and injury prevention coordinator" means an individual designated by the
             148      Department of Health, Bureau of Health Promotion to coordinate violence and injury
             149      prevention.


             150          (d) "State suicide prevention coordinator" means an individual designated by the
             151      division to coordinate the suicide prevention program described in Section 62A-15-1101 .
             152          (2) The state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and
             153      injury prevention coordinator, shall implement a firearm safety program as described in
             154      Subsections (3) through (6).
             155          (3) The state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and
             156      injury prevention coordinator, local mental health and substance abuse authorities, the State
             157      Office of Education suicide prevention coordinator, and a representative from a nonprofit
             158      organization with expertise in the field of firearm safety that represents firearm owners shall:
             159          (a) produce a firearm safety brochure with information about the safe handling and use
             160      of firearms that includes:
             161          (i) rules for safe handling, storage, and use of firearms in a home environment;
             162          (ii) information about at-risk individuals and individuals who are legally prohibited
             163      from possessing firearms;
             164          (iii) information about suicide prevention and awareness; and
             165          (iv) information about the availability of firearm safety packets;
             166          (b) procure cable-style gun locks for distribution pursuant to this section; and
             167          (c) produce a firearm safety packet with both the firearm safety brochure described in
             168      Subsection (3)(a) and the cable-style gun lock described in Subsection (3)(b).
             169          (4) The state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and
             170      injury prevention coordinator, shall distribute, free of charge, the firearm safety packet to the
             171      following persons, who shall make the firearm safety packet available free of charge:
             172          (a) health care providers, including emergency rooms;
             173          (b) mental health practitioners;
             174          (c) other public health suicide prevention organizations;
             175          (d) entities that teach firearm safety courses; and
             176          (e) school districts for use in the seminar, described in Section 53A-15-1302 , for
             177      parents of students in the school district.
             178          (5) The state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and
             179      injury prevention coordinator, shall create and administer a redeemable coupon program
             180      described in this section and Section 76-10-526 , that may include:


             181          (a) producing a redeemable coupon that offers between $10 and $200 off the purchase
             182      of a gun safe from a participating dealer by a Utah resident who has filed an application for a
             183      concealed firearm permit;
             184          (b) advertising the redeemable coupon program to all dealers and maintaining a list of
             185      dealers who wish to participate in the program;
             186          (c) coordinating with the bureau in accordance with Subsection 53-10-202 (18) to mail
             187      the redeemable coupon and the firearm safety brochure to the bureau; and
             188          (d) collecting from participating dealers receipts described in Section 76-10-526 and
             189      reimbursing the dealers.
             190          (6) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             191      state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and injury prevention
             192      coordinator, shall make rules that establish procedures for:
             193          (a) producing and distributing the firearm safety brochures and packets;
             194          (b) procuring the cable-style gun locks for distribution; and
             195          (c) administering the redeemable coupon program.
             196          (7) The state suicide prevention coordinator, in consultation with the violence and
             197      injury prevention coordinator, shall report to the Health and Human Services Interim
             198      Committee regarding implementation and success of the firearm safety program:
             199          (a) during the 2016 interim, before November 1; and
             200          (b) during the 2018 interim, before June 1.
             201          Section 4. Section 63I-1-253 is amended to read:
             202           63I-1-253. Repeal dates, Titles 53, 53A, and 53B.
             203          The following provisions are repealed on the following dates:
             204          (1) Section 53-3-232 , Conditional licenses, is repealed July 1, 2015.
             205          (2) Subsection 53-10-202 (18) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             206          [(2)] (3) Title 53A, Chapter 1a, Part 6, Public Education Job Enhancement Program is
             207      repealed July 1, 2020.
             208          [(3)] (4) The State Instructional Materials Commission, created in Section 53A-14-101 ,
             209      is repealed July 1, 2016.
             210          [(4)] (5) Subsections 53A-16-113 (3) and (4) are repealed December 31, 2016.
             211          [(5)] (6) Section 53A-16-114 is repealed December 31, 2016.


             212          [(6)] (7) Section 53A-17a-163 , Performance-based Compensation Pilot Program is
             213      repealed July 1, 2016.
             214          [(7)] (8) Subsection 53C-3-203 (4)(b)(vii), which provides for the distribution of money
             215      from the Land Exchange Distribution Account to the Geological Survey for test wells, other
             216      hydrologic studies, and air quality monitoring in the West Desert, is repealed July 1, 2020.
             217          Section 5. Section 63I-1-262 is amended to read:
             218           63I-1-262. Repeal dates, Title 62A.
             219          (1) Section 62A-2-120.5 , Pilot program for expedited background check of a qualified
             220      human services applicant, is repealed July 1, 2017.
             221          (2) Subsection 62A-15-1101 (5) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             222          (3) Section 62A-15-1102 is repealed July 1, 2018.
             223          Section 6. Section 63I-1-276 is enacted to read:
             224          63I-1-276. Repeal Dates, Title 76.
             225          Subsection 76-10-526 (15) is repealed July 1, 2018.
             226          Section 7. Section 76-10-526 is amended to read:
             227           76-10-526. Criminal background check prior to purchase of a firearm -- Fee --
             228      Exemption for concealed firearm permit holders and law enforcement officers.
             229          (1) For purposes of this section, "valid permit to carry a concealed firearm" does not
             230      include a temporary permit issued under Section 53-5-705 .
             231          (2) (a) To establish personal identification and residence in this state for purposes of
             232      this part, a dealer shall require an individual receiving a firearm to present one photo
             233      identification on a form issued by a governmental agency of the state.
             234          (b) A dealer may not accept a driving privilege card issued under Section 53-3-207 as
             235      proof of identification for the purpose of establishing personal identification and residence in
             236      this state as required under this Subsection (2).
             237          (3) (a) A criminal history background check is required for the sale of a firearm by a
             238      licensed firearm dealer in the state.
             239          (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not apply to the sale of a firearm to a Federal Firearms
             240      Licensee.
             241          (4) (a) An individual purchasing a firearm from a dealer shall consent in writing to a
             242      criminal background check, on a form provided by the bureau.


             243          (b) The form shall contain the following information:
             244          (i) the dealer identification number;
             245          (ii) the name and address of the individual receiving the firearm;
             246          (iii) the date of birth, height, weight, eye color, and hair color of the individual
             247      receiving the firearm; and
             248          (iv) the Social Security number or any other identification number of the individual
             249      receiving the firearm.
             250          (5) (a) The dealer shall send the information required by Subsection (4) to the bureau
             251      immediately upon its receipt by the dealer.
             252          (b) A dealer may not sell or transfer a firearm to an individual until the dealer has
             253      provided the bureau with the information in Subsection (4) and has received approval from the
             254      bureau under Subsection (7).
             255          (6) The dealer shall make a request for criminal history background information by
             256      telephone or other electronic means to the bureau and shall receive approval or denial of the
             257      inquiry by telephone or other electronic means.
             258          (7) When the dealer calls for or requests a criminal history background check, the
             259      bureau shall:
             260          (a) review the criminal history files, including juvenile court records, to determine if
             261      the individual is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm by state or
             262      federal law;
             263          (b) inform the dealer that:
             264          (i) the records indicate the individual is prohibited; or
             265          (ii) the individual is approved for purchasing, possessing, or transferring a firearm;
             266          (c) provide the dealer with a unique transaction number for that inquiry; and
             267          (d) provide a response to the requesting dealer during the call for a criminal
             268      background check, or by return call, or other electronic means, without delay, except in case of
             269      electronic failure or other circumstances beyond the control of the bureau, the bureau shall
             270      advise the dealer of the reason for the delay and give the dealer an estimate of the length of the
             271      delay.
             272          (8) (a) The bureau may not maintain any records of the criminal history background
             273      check longer than 20 days from the date of the dealer's request, if the bureau determines that


             274      the individual receiving the firearm is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or
             275      transferring the firearm under state or federal law.
             276          (b) However, the bureau shall maintain a log of requests containing the dealer's federal
             277      firearms number, the transaction number, and the transaction date for a period of 12 months.
             278          (9) If the criminal history background check discloses information indicating that the
             279      individual attempting to purchase the firearm is prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or
             280      transferring a firearm, the bureau shall inform the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction
             281      where the individual resides.
             282          (10) If an individual is denied the right to purchase a firearm under this section, the
             283      individual may review the individual's criminal history information and may challenge or
             284      amend the information as provided in Section 53-10-108 .
             285          (11) The bureau shall make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             286      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to ensure the identity, confidentiality, and security of all
             287      records provided by the bureau under this part are in conformance with the requirements of the
             288      Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub. L. No. 103-159, 107 Stat. 1536 (1993).
             289          (12) (a) (i) A dealer shall collect a criminal history background check fee of $7.50 for
             290      the sale of a firearm under this section.
             291          (ii) This fee remains in effect until changed by the bureau through the process under
             292      Section 63J-1-504 .
             293          (b) (i) The dealer shall forward at one time all fees collected for criminal history
             294      background checks performed during the month to the bureau by the last day of the month
             295      following the sale of a firearm.
             296          (ii) The bureau shall deposit the fees in the General Fund as dedicated credits to cover
             297      the cost of administering and conducting the criminal history background check program.
             298          (13) An individual with a concealed firearm permit issued under Title 53, Chapter 5,
             299      Part 7, Concealed Firearm Act, is exempt from the background check and corresponding fee
             300      required in this section for the purchase of a firearm if:
             301          (a) the individual presents the individual's concealed firearm permit to the dealer prior
             302      to purchase of the firearm; and
             303          (b) the dealer verifies with the bureau that the individual's concealed firearm permit is
             304      valid.


             305          (14) A law enforcement officer, as defined in Section 53-13-103 , is exempt from the
             306      background check fee required in this section for the purchase of a personal firearm to be
             307      carried while off-duty if the law enforcement officer verifies current employment by providing
             308      a letter of good standing from the officer's commanding officer and current law enforcement
             309      photo identification. This section may only be used by a law enforcement officer to purchase a
             310      personal firearm once in a 24-month period.
             311          (15) (a) A dealer may participate in the redeemable coupon program described in
             312      Section 62A-15-1102 and this Subsection (15).
             313          (b) A participating dealer shall:
             314          (i) accept the redeemable coupon only from the individual whose name is on the
             315      coupon and apply it only toward the purchase of a gun safe;
             316          (ii) collect the receipts from the purchase of gun safes using the redeemable coupon
             317      and send them to the state suicide prevention coordinator for redemption; and
             318          (iii) make the firearm safety brochure described in Section 62A-15-1102 available to
             319      customers free of charge.
             320          Section 8. Appropriation.
             321          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             322      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, the following sums of money
             323      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             324      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These are additions to amounts
             325      previously appropriated for fiscal year 2015.
             326          To Department of Public Safety -- Programs and Operations
             327              From Beginning Nonlapsing Appropriation
             328              Balances
$900,000

             329              From Closing Nonlapsing Appropriation Balances
$900,000

             330          To General Fund
             331              From Nonlapsing Balances -- Department of Public Safety
$900,000

             332              Schedule of Programs:
             333                  General Fund, One-time                $900,000
             334          To Department of Human Services -- Firearm Safety Program
             335              From General Fund, One-time
$900,000


             336              Schedule of Programs:
             337                  Firearm Safety Program                $900,000
             338          The Legislature intends that appropriations provided under this section be used for
             339      purposes described in Section 62A-15-1102 . Under Section 63J-1-603 , the Legislature intends
             340      that appropriations provided under this section not lapse at the close of fiscal year 2015. The
             341      use of any nonlapsing funds is limited to the purposes described in Section 62A-15-1102 .
             342          Section 9. Effective date.
             343          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.


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