Families could hand guns to police under new bill

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah residents concerned someone in their home might be a threat could opt to hand their guns over to police for nearly two months under one lawmaker’s proposal.

The bill allows police to safely harbor guns for those who fear someone they live with might use it to hurt themselves or others. The program would be confidential and gun owners could renew the safekeeping for another 60 days.

Republican Rep. Dixon Pitcher of Ogden says the bill could prevent shootings like the December school shooting attack in Newtown, Conn.

Dixon says religious leaders urged him to sponsor the bill because they regularly receive requests to keep guns safe from people worried that their family members will use them dangerously.

The bill advances to the full House for consideration.

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