Utah Senate approves official state firearm.

HB219 • The Utah Senate passed legislation Thursday that would…

HB219 • The Utah Senate passed legislation Thursday that would make the Browning-designed M1911 — a sidearm carried by U.S. military since World War I — the state’s official gun.

“This is a substantially historic firearm,” said Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain. “As Utahns, we can claim a connection to its inventor and designer that no other state can claim.”

In designating the gun, the Senate added a recognition that firearms in the wrong hands have been the source of violence and stating that the Legislature does not condone such acts.

The bill was amended in the Senate to clarify that John M. Browning designed the gun, but never actually manufactured the weapon. Instead he gave the design to the military, which during various wars had Colt, Remington and even International Harvester and Singer, the sewing machine maker, manufacture the weapon.

“Weapons or guns especially are so demonized by certain elements of our society that I think this adds a real balance,” said Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan. “Weapons in the right hands have probably preserved freedom time and time and time again.”

Sen. Peter Knudson, R-Brigham City, said he viewed the bill as a recognition of the Browning family “who have generously given to our state over so many generations.”

Source: Robert Gehrke for The Salt Lake Tribune.

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  • General Jim M

    The 1911 is a nice gun but if my life depended on carrying just one pistol it would be the Glock 20 10mm auto.I realize they can’t pick it because it’s not an American pistol.I like that the venerated elite F.B.I wimped out concerning issueing 10mm autos.Carry the pistol that the F.B.I is afraid of!!!!!!!!

  • AngryWhiteMale

    I’m Proud to have a Utah CCL!!!