HB50 was passed out of committee favorably yesterday on a 9-0-0 vote.
Yeas - 9
Snow, V. L.
It is headed to the full House for a vote.
From a recent GOUtah! alert:
HB 50, an anti-gun bill, will be presented to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday 6 February during a meeting that will commence at 4:00 pm in Room 20 of the House Office Building (the granite building on the west side of the plaza directly behind the Capitol). Time will be allotted for members of the public to give brief comments about the bill.
Hereís the text of the bill.
HB 50 'provides for the issuance, modification, and enforcement of protective orders between parties who are, or who have been, in a dating relationship.' HB 50 would, among other things, empower a judge to strip you of your right to own a gun if he finds 'convincing evidence' that youíve committed or threatened to commit either 'dating violence' or 'abuse' against someone with whom you are or have been in a 'dating relationship'. The terms 'dating violence', 'abuse', and 'dating relationship' are very broadly defined in the bill.
Thus, for example, if youíre a guy and a jilted ex-girlfriend complains to the authorities that you acted or spoke abusively or threateningly toward her a few months ago, a judge could unilaterally revoke your right to own a gun even though you havenít been charged with a crime, let alone been tried or convicted. If youíre a woman and jilted ex-boyfriend complains that you slapped him last year, a judge could strip you of your Second-Amendment rights without your having been charged with a crime of any sort.
Thus, you could be stripped of your right to own a gun and your right to self-defense without having even been charged with a crime.
Please go to the Action Item at the end of this Alert to help kill this bill.
Dear Representative :
As a Utah gun owner, Iím opposed to HB 50 because it would empower a judge to unilaterally strip a person of his 2nd-Amendment rights without anything remotely approaching an appropriate level of due process. An individual could be stripped of his right to possess a firearm (including self-defense weapons) without having even been charged with a crime, let alone tried or convicted.
I therefore encourage you to oppose HB 50.
Thanks for taking time to consider my views on this matter.