Gun Reform in Utah

Cindy Diaz Rey, Copy Editor

After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland last year, many political groups, activists, and even politicians in government have tried to pass bills to prevent these massacres by reforming the country’s laws on gun reform. One of the most prominent groups working on gun reform throughout the country is March For Our Lives.

According to the March For Our Lives official website “Every day since March 24th, 2018, we have been expanding our coalitions ad working with new advocates in order to create a movement that ends the violence and elects morally just leaders into office. After they became a movement, chapters in all states were created by local communities, including Utah.

The Utah chapter of March for Our Lives was  lobbying to make state politicians pass gun prevention bills. State bills included: HB 87 Safe Storage of Firearms (Rep. King), HB 17 Firearm Violence and Suicide Prevention (Rep. Liz Weight),  HB 190 Liability of Firearm Custodian Lauren’s Law (Rep. Stoddard), HB 217 Open Carry Near Schools (Rep. Briscoe),

HJR 7 Joint Resolution on Existing Weapons Restrictions (Maloy), HB 418 Universal Background Checks for Firearm Purchasers (King). Federal bills include: Ban of 3D Printed Guns, Assault Weapons Ban, and Universal Background Checks. You can find more information about  these bills on the Utah State Legislature official website.

Although they worked hard to pass these bills, not all of them were approved, or they are waiting to be put on Senate calendar. For example, HB 217 was held at the House Law

Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, but it didn’t pass. HB 17 received favorable recommendation but is waiting to be placed on Senate calendar. HB 418 was Assigned to the House Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice committee and is waiting to be put on agenda.

Although there’s a lot of opposition and resistance from  pro-gun politicians in the Utah State Legislature, the Utah chapter of March For Our Lives continues to be persistent in the fight for gun reform.