Chief Sponsor: A. Cory Maloy

Senate Sponsor: Ann Millner


8     General Description:
9          This bill defines "owner cohabitant" for the purpose of the voluntary commitment of a
10     firearm to law enforcement.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     defines "owner cohabitant" as anyone living in the home with an ownership interest
14     in the firearm.
15     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16          None
17     Other Special Clauses:
18          None
19     Utah Code Sections Affected:
20     AMENDS:
21          53-5c-201, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 334

23     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24          Section 1. Section 53-5c-201 is amended to read:
25          53-5c-201. Voluntary commitment of a firearm by owner cohabitant -- Law
26     enforcement to hold firearm.
27          (1) As used in this section, "owner cohabitant" means any individual residing in the

28     home who has an ownership interest in a firearm in the home.
29          [(1)] (2) (a) An owner cohabitant may voluntarily commit a firearm to a law
30     enforcement agency for safekeeping if the owner cohabitant believes that the owner cohabitant
31     or another cohabitant with access to the firearm is an immediate threat to:
32          (i) himself or herself;
33          (ii) the owner cohabitant; or
34          (iii) any other person.
35          (b) A law enforcement agency may not hold a firearm under this section if the law
36     enforcement agency obtains the firearm in a manner other than the owner cohabitant
37     voluntarily presenting, of the owner cohabitant's own free will, the firearm to the law
38     enforcement agency at the agency's office.
39          [(2)] (3) Unless a firearm is an illegal firearm subject to Section 53-5c-202, a law
40     enforcement agency that receives a firearm in accordance with this chapter shall:
41          (a) record:
42          (i) the owner cohabitant's name, address, and phone number;
43          (ii) [the firearm serial number] the make and model of each firearm committed; and
44          (iii) the date that the firearm was voluntarily committed;
45          (b) require the owner cohabitant to sign a document attesting that the owner cohabitant
46     has an ownership interest in the firearm;
47          (c) hold the firearm in safe custody for 60 days after the day on which the firearm is
48     voluntarily committed; and
49          (d) upon proof of identification, return the firearm to:
50          (i) the owner cohabitant after the expiration of the 60-day period or, if the owner
51     cohabitant requests return of the firearm before the expiration of the 60-day period, at the time
52     of the request; or
53          (ii) an owner other than the owner cohabitant in accordance with Section 53-5c-202.
54          [(3)] (4) The law enforcement agency shall hold the firearm for an additional 60 days:
55          (a) if the initial 60-day period expires; and
56          (b) the owner cohabitant requests that the law enforcement agency hold the firearm for
57     an additional 60 days.
58          [(4)] (5) A law enforcement agency may not request or require that the owner

59     cohabitant provide the name or other information of the cohabitant who poses an immediate
60     threat or any other cohabitant.
61          [(5)] (6) Notwithstanding an ordinance or policy to the contrary adopted in accordance
62     with Section 63G-2-701, a law enforcement agency shall destroy a record created under
63     Subsection [(2)] (3), Subsection 53-5c-202[(4)](3)(b)(iii), or any other record created in the
64     application of this chapter [no later than five days after] immediately upon the:
65          (a) [returning] return of a firearm in accordance with Subsection [(2)] (3)(d); or
66          (b) [disposing] disposal of the firearm in accordance with Section 53-5c-202.
67          [(6)] (7) Unless otherwise provided, the provisions of Title 77, Chapter 24a, Lost or
68     Mislaid Personal Property, do not apply to a firearm received by a law enforcement agency in
69     accordance with this chapter.
70          [(7)] (8) A law enforcement agency shall adopt a policy for the safekeeping of a
71     firearm held in accordance with this chapter.