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Speaking to a noisy, standing-room only crowd in Sandy on Saturday, student activists from Utah and Florida discussed gun control and school safety as part of the national March For Our Lives tour.

An armored vehicle with pro-gun marchers alongside.
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From behind the wheel of a black Bearcat armored truck, speaking through a PA system, Bryan Melchior had a message for the people of St. Petersburg, Fla.: "Arm yourself!"

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Updated 5:12 p.m. MST, 7/12/18

 

Activists from a high school in Parkland, Florida have found a new venue to hold an event this Saturday after their original plans fell through. As part of a March For Our Lives national tour, a town hall discussing school safety will take place at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.

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Updated 5:30 p.m. MT 

A pro-gun group from Utah is in Chicago to participate in a peace march held by survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

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On the first day state lawmakers were able to open new bill requests for the 2019 legislative session, Utah Democrats unveiled one of their top priorities: reducing gun violence.

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Thousands of Utahns, outraged by recent school shootings, gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday as part of the nationwide March For Our Lives movement. A smaller group of gun rights advocates also made their views known in a counter-protest earlier in the day. 

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This Saturday the nationwide March For Our Lives will take place in cities across the country, including Salt Lake City. Local organizers, most of them teenagers, said they have been receiving threatening messages leading up to the event. A pro-gun counterprotest has also been scheduled.

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As students went back to class at Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday, gun legislation was in the national conversation. The president held a bipartisan meeting at the White House and in the retail world, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it will no longer sell assault-style rifles or high-capacity magazines. The major national gun retailer could face backlash in the Mountain West where gun rights are often considered sacrosanct.

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President Donald Trump is considering easing restrictions so that teachers can be armed to prevent school shootings. It’s a idea that already has traction in several Mountain West states, including Utah.

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Utah lawmakers aren’t poised to make any sweeping changes to gun laws in the wake of another fatal school shooting in the U.S.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch says he’s not ready to take a firm position on the regulation of bump stocks, the controversial device used in last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the debate over gun control. This time, even some Utah Republicans are calling for a ban on the devices known as “bump stocks.” 

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Hundreds of people stood in the rain outside the Salt Lake City and County building Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Florida night club shooting.

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The Utah Department of Public Safety has released the man who left a suspicious package at the Utah State Capitol.

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Concealed firearms will not be allowed at Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s upcoming speech at the University of Utah.

Should Guns Be Allowed on Utah College Campuses?

Nov 21, 2014
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A group of Utahns is asking Governor Gary Herbert to lead out on the issue of restricting guns on college campuses.

Chelsi Archibald is a young mother who represents the advocacy group Moms Rising. She says she’s asking for sensible gun safety measures on college campuses because she wants people to be able to attend classes and assemblies without fear.

“We don’t necessarily have an issue on guns, but we want kids on campus to be safe and to have the freedom to learn as they want and not have to worry about their safety,” she says.

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Confusion about what a person can and can’t do with a gun on Utah’s college campuses is once again in the spotlight after pop culture critic and feminist Anita Sarkeesian cancelled a speaking engagement at Utah State University earlier this week after receiving death threats. 

Gun Deaths Exceed Highway Deaths in Utah

Jul 17, 2014
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Utah is one of 14 states where the number of gun-related deaths is now higher than the number of highway fatalities. 

Highway fatalities in Utah – and across the country – have dropped dramatically in the past decade, thanks in part to safer cars and better drunk driving enforcement. For Utah, a report from the Violence Policy Center says there were 277 motor vehicle deaths in 2011, compared to 308 deaths from guns.  That includes accidents, homicides and suicides.

KUER News Pod: Monday April 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

A unique medical technology company relocates to Salt Lake City, Senator Orrin Hatch says he’s ready to reform immigration, and state legislators plan to reintroduce a couple of defeated gun bills.

KUER News Pod: Monday April 22, 2013

Apr 22, 2013

Runners at the Salt Lake City Marathon honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Utah Legislature will not override Governor Herbert’s veto of a controversial gun bill, and the billionaire owner of the Snowbasin ski resort dies.

KUER News Pod: Tuesday April 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

The Salt Lake City Police department re-evaluates security plans for the Salt Lake City Marathon, the Utah Legislature likely won’t reconvene to overturn the veto of HB76, and the Salt Lake County District attorney drops more drug cases involving the West Valley City Police Department.

Valentine Won't Challenge HB 76 Veto

Apr 15, 2013

Utah lawmakers are still in the process of deciding whether or not to override Governor Gary Herbert’s veto of House Bill 76. Some who voted for the bill have decided not to challenge the Governor.

KUER News Pod: Monday April 15, 2013

Apr 15, 2013

Work resumes at the Bingham Canyon copper mine, UTA opens its airport TRAX line, and the Utah legislature has only a few days left to overturn Governor Herbert’s veto of HB 76.

Office of Senator Orrin Hatch

Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted no today on a motion to proceed with legislation in the U-S Senate that could alter regulations for buying and owning guns.