Monday, January 31, 2011
Utah House OKs bill creating official state 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)