Utah has weak gun laws overall and a correspondingly high gun death rate. Lawmakers owe it to their constituents to take action to reduce gun violence in their state.
In 2018, Utah expanded its already dangerous “stand your ground” law, making public confrontations more likely to turn deadly. In 2017, Utah had the 21st-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at twice the rate it imported them. To further strengthen the state’s gun laws, Utah legislators could require background checks for all gun sales and pass an extreme risk protection order law.
What Utah Does Well
- Domestic violence gun laws
- Certain open carry regulations
- Certain child access prevention laws
- Extended background check period
- State database background checks
What Utah Is Missing
- Universal background checks
- Gun owner licensing
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Strong concealed carry law
- Lost & stolen firearm reporting
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