Monday, January 31, 2011

Utah House OKs bill creating official state firearm

After a heated debate, the Browning M1911 handgun is one step closer to becoming Utah's official firearm.
The handgun was designed for the military by Ogden native John Moses Browning for World War I and served as the military's standard-issue sidearm into the 1980s.
Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, sponsored House Bill 219, which was passed by the House today on a vote of 51-19. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. If passed and signed into law, Utah would be the first state with a designated official firearm..."This is a poor idea for public policy," King said. "Guns by their very nature are polarizing symbols."...
Wimmer said that "there are huge differences between the actions of a madman using a firearm to cause tremendous harm and the actions of Oct. 8, 1919, when seven U.S. soldiers armed with the M1911 took 134 Germans captive."
Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, said he carried the handgun on his hip for two years while serving in Vietnam...
----Full story at Standard Examiner----
John Moses Browning: Still relevant, Still controversial....(S9)

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