By: Teresa Mull
Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for nearly every major gun control measure there is.
Speaking at his monthly KUED news conference, the governor specifically mentioned proposals such as expanded background checks and age limits. He also brought up extreme risk protection orders, or “red flag” laws, which allow law enforcement to temporarily confiscate the weapons of someone deemed a danger to themselves or others.
The governor said violence in video games and movies should bear some of the blame for mass shootings.
“I think all those things ought to be talked about and discussed in an open and frank manner and see if we can’t change the culture in which we seem to find ourselves in today where violence is just an acceptable part of life,” Herbert said.“I think there is a sense of frustration about why is it happening and what can we do to prevent it.”
Utah saw a bill to bring red flag laws introduced last year, as well as a bill to expand background checks, but neither bill became law.
According to KUER, a Republican, “has said he plans to reintroduce the red flag bill in 2020 for the third year in a row.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.