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16.2.16

GUNS ON PUBLIC BUSES * USA: Debate

* Utah - Move advances to decriminalize guns on public buses


-- Sponsor says if firearms are legal on the street, they should be legal on buses... Legislators took a first step Thursday to erase a law that now makes it a felony to carry a firearm or "dangerous weapon" onto a public transit bus... Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, the bill's sponsor, said merely carrying a gun or weapon on a sidewalk is not against the law, and should not be on a bus either. He said other laws appropriately ban and punish brandishing or using such weapons... Thurston ran a similar bill last year without success. He said he introduced it when a constituent worried that he could not openly carry a gun as he commuted to school... Also, Thurston added that getting rid of the law may prevent unwarranted police hassles of the homeless or others with a pocketknife or scissors... Rep. Carol Moss, D-Holladay, opposed the bill. She said being on a bus is different than being on a street, and someone who is uncomfortable with seeing a weapon could not easily leave — nor escape if violence occurs... 
(Photo by Steve Griffin | Tribune - A Utah House committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would repeal the law making it a crime to carry a gun or other dangerous weapon on a public bus) -- Salt Lake, UTH, USA - The Salt Lake Tribune - 28 Jan 2016

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