Associated Press Josh Loftin, Associated Press - Tue Jan 25, 9:33 pm ET
SALT LAKE CITY - State lawmakers are debating whether to designate a semiautomatic pistol as the official gun of Utah, despite protests from people who believe it's inappropriate because of recent mass shootings.
The bill to make the Browning M1911 the official gun breezed through a committee hearing this week and is scheduled to be debated by the full House as early as Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer said the state should have the gun as one of its state symbols to honor John Browning, a Utah native who invented it in 1911.
"He invented a firearm that has defended American values and the traditions of this country for 100 years," Wimmer told the House Political Subdivisions Committee.
Utah has 24 state symbols recognizing the history, geography and culture of the state. They include a state cooking pot, a state tree, a state hymn and a state folk dance.
The committee approved the bill to add a state gun on a 9-2 vote.
Wimmer said the Browning M1911 is widely used by the military, police officers and private citizens, which is why he chose the pistol instead of another Browning gun.
Gun Violence Prevention Center board member Steve Gunn told The Associated Press honoring the M1911 is wrong because the people who opened fire in most recent U.S. mass shootings used semiautomatic pistols. That includes the Jan. 8 Arizona shooting in which six people were killed and 13 - including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - were wounded with a Glock pistol.
Answer by NotPanicking at 10:04 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
Good for Utah.... Don't like it? Don't move there. ;o) A knife was the weapon of choice for an attempted murder of the Governor of Missouri... Ohhhh the outrage.. Wait, there wasn't outrage.... Crazy/ Psycho/Terrorists and hell even extreme "abortion Doctors"~ Who want to kill ? WILL KILL~regardless of the weapon of choice... Why SOME don't get that? Ohhh right... Nevermind.... ;o)
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:12 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:25 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
Check this out ladies... This "news story" goes back to Nov/Dec 2010...... Looks like SOMEONE in the "media" was looking for a reason to tie a state's GUN recognition with Giffords in the name of NEWS?!..... And OP bought it, hook..... line.... sinker....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:57 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
UT can do what it wants. Never thought that UT would be an especially dangerous place to protect. Is it those "compounds" that cause the trouble? SLC? Provo? The Osmonds?
Answer by Sisteract at 11:43 AM on Jan. 26, 2011
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Answer by tasches at 2:20 PM on Jan. 26, 2011
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