Utah bill would ban domestic violence offenders from having a gun

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A Utah lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit perpetrators of domestic violence from possessing a firearm.

Democratic State Rep. Susan Duckworth sponsored H.B. 332.

The bill would make multiple changes to current Utah law in regard to people convicted of domestic violence.

Among the proposed changes, the courts would be required to “impose a protective order” as a part of the offender’s probation. 

Domestic violence offenders could not possess a firearm, under both state and federal law. 

The bill would also require the Bureau of Criminal Identification to tell local law enforcement when a domestic violence offender “attempts to purchase a weapon from a firearms dealer.”

It would also enhance the penalty an offender would face if he or she “was carrying a firearm
or dangerous weapon” during the domestic violence offense. 

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