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To battle the coronavirus pandemic, many state governments are ordering residents to shelter in place. That’s creating a rift in anti-government circles. Some militia leaders are vowing to openly fight these orders. Others say obey for now but watch for overreach. They do agree on one thing, though: don’t touch our guns.

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The Inland Port Authority has its first real meeting, where one board member asks for 

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A loaded gun was left in a bathroom at the Living Planet Aquarium, where the property has a posted ban on weapons, but Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says no law was broken.

People enjoy the sharks at Utah's Living Planet Aquarium.
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Utah police are searching for the owner of a loaded gun left behind on a baby changing table in a women's restroom at a suburban Salt Lake City aquarium.

Authorities said Tuesday they don't plan to file criminal charges against the gun's owner. Draper Police Lt. Chad Carpenter says they want to find out how the .380-caliber pistol was left behind and return it.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol officials are praising a Utah trucker who stopped on to help a trooper wrestling roadside with a man for the trooper's gun.

Trucker Darren Phillips of Taylorsville, Utah, says service with the Marines and the Army National Guard helped him put the man in a choke hold and pull him off the trooper.

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A 2-year-old boy is expected to die after shooting himself at home in a Salt Lake City suburb.

West Valley City police say the boy is in extremely critical condition and not expected to survive. The boy's father, 27-year-old Tasman Maile, has been arrested and is in Salt Lake County Jail.

Guns and alcohol; supposedly a deadly combination, but according to Republican Rep. Norm Thurston, someone who has been drinking has the right to defend themselves wtih a firearm.
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A lawmaker who led Utah's adoption of the strictest DUI threshold in the country says he wants to change the law to allow someone to fire a gun in self-defense even if their blood alcohol level is above the new 0.05 limit.

Republican Rep. Norm Thurston says even if someone's been drinking, they have a right to defend themselves.

Utah Shooting Ranges Offer Free Day With Firearm Purchase

Aug 14, 2017
Katherine Taylor

It’s August, and you know what that means: it’s National Crayon Collection Month. It’s also National Catfish Month, National Eye Exam Month, and National Golf Month.

The increasing ubiquity of gun violence has, unfortunately, become the norm across the world but particularly in the United States, where we have begun to hear horror after horror on an almost daily basis.  So much so that it has now started to produce a numbing effect, a helplessness that allows us to hear the news and say, “here we go again” and put it out of our mind.  Gun violence is now something we expect to happen.

 

A proposal to reintroduce firing squads for Utah executions is stirring fresh debate on the death penalty.

Lethal injection is currently the only permissible option for state executions, but there is some concern that the drugs required to administer lethal injections are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. State Rep. Paul Ray (R) is the bill's sponsor, and says he wants firing squads to be an alternative option.

The last man to be executed by firing squad in Utah was convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardiner in 2010. On Tuesday, Gardner's brother Randy Gardner joined a protest at the state Capitol in opposition to firing squads.

Jury selection starts today in the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting in July 2012.

More than 30 states have laws that allow people to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their life or property. But this week, a Montana jury said that type of law has its limits, finding a homeowner who shot a teenager in his garage guilty of deliberate homicide.

In the early hours of April 27, a motion detector alerted homeowner Markus Kaarma someone was in the garage of his home in Missoula, Mont. He went outside and almost immediately fired four shotgun blasts, killing 17-year-old Diren Dede, a German exchange student.

Family members of some of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used by the gunman to kill 26 people.