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Is this the beginning of guns being removed from citizens, or is it a smart step to protecting people from mentally unstable people?

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SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill being considered in the Utah State Legislature would let people get guns out of their homes to avoid incidences of gun violence.

Rep. Dixon Pitcher’s HB121 creates a “safe harbor” where people can voluntarily surrender their firearms to local police for up to 60 days.

“You can deposit the gun, short term, to get through an emergency,” said Pitcher, R-Ogden. “That’s what the safe harbor bill does for firearms.”

Pitcher said police would register the gun and keep it safe.

“It provides a platform if there’s emergencies in a family — let’s say there’s somebody who feels like they’re suicidal or they have someone with a mental illness or a mental dispute or some type of emergency,” said Pitcher. “Under the conditions we have right now, this is a good time to get the firearm out of the house.”

Pitcher said the bill came out of the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The Ogden lawmaker wondered if circumstances could have changed if the shooter’s mother had been able to get her guns out of the home, like his bill would do.

“It saves lives,” he said.

Clark Aposhian of the Utah Shooting Sports Council said he liked the bill “in concept,” but said he had concerns with the bill. He wanted to ensure that no one was surrendering someone else’s firearm. Pitcher said his bill would not allow police to accept someone else’s gun.

Aposhian said he also had concerns about a provision in the bill that allowed police to keep the firearm if it went unclaimed after a certain period of time.

“Let’s see if we can get something in the statute that yes, protects someone who may be temporarily despondent and shouldn’t have access to a firearm, but protects their rights as well,” he said.

HB121 is expected to have a hearing in the coming weeks

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM
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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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These kinds of bills seem OK at the start, but you have to think of the monster that could grow.  From here, it isn't a big leap to other things, like forced removal of guns from "certain people."  The law would need to be very tightly written to limit its growth, kwim?

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM
It seems reasonable.
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lga1965
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

 That sounds good to me.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

This is a choice and it is a good idea.

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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 It is amazing what people will agree to if you throw in the word "safety."  I do not think this is a good idea.  It is already easy to lock up your own guns if you think there is a problem, what do they think a gun safe does?

I am sure part of the safe keeping process will be WHY..that opens a window for the authorities to decide whether or not they are returned to you.

 

talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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I can totally see how this could be used to prevent people from having their guns.

mrssummerlin
by Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I think as long as its not them trying to force people to turn them over and it is completely voluntary then GREAT!

I also think that with or without this bill people should be allowed to turn there guns over to the police if they so see fit.


My guns however are perfectly fine right where they are
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I like it.
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Really like your second paragraph as well.

Quoting mrssummerlin:

I think as long as its not them trying to force people to turn them over and it is completely voluntary then GREAT!



I also think that with or without this bill people should be allowed to turn there guns over to the police if they so see fit.





My guns however are perfectly fine right where they are
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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Voluntary surrender is the first step in banning guns altogether.  Take a look at history for crying out loud.

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