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Legislation Seeks To Limit Local Control Over Gun Policies

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The state of Utah could be given more control gun-control policies under a bill limiting legislative power at the county and city levels. Currently, anyone who attempts to buy a firearm at a private gun show in the state must undergo a federal background check, but that could change. Republican Rep. Cory Maloy says the intent is to prevent local governments from enacting regulations that might confuse and potentially endanger gun owners. Gun rights advocates support the bill arguing against additional restrictions, while opponents have argued the bill could increase lawsuits against local governments that violate the state preemption.