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Resolution against new gun laws passes Utah House

February 14, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House of Representatives is approving a declaration that the state doesn’t need new gun-control measures like a so-called red flag law.

The Thursday vote happened to fall on the anniversary of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sparked a push for new gun-control laws in the U.S.

Republican Rep. Cory Maloy says red-flag laws infringe on constitutional rights when they temporarily confiscate guns from people considered dangerous.

Though several lawmakers disagreed, the measure passed on 56-16 and now moves to the Senate.

Eight states passed red-flag laws after the Parkland shooting. Utah rejected it, but Republican Rep. Steve Handy is proposing it again and says it can be balanced with constitutional rights.

Maloy’s resolution wouldn’t block gun-control bills, but signals they may face an uphill battle.