Committee meets at Utah capitol to discuss school gun violence, firearm background checks

Utah Capitol. (FILE Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee met at the Utah capitol Wednesday morning to discuss background checks for firearms, gun violence in schools and more.

A presentation was made on various approaches to deter gun violence in schools. An overview of Red Flag Laws was also provided.

The committee received an overview of the background check process as it pertains to the purchasing of firearms.

Members of March For Our Lives SLC and the Utah Shooting Sports Council (USSC) called for a presence at the meeting.

According to a USSC news release, gun rights are at stake, such as gun confiscation without due process, mandatory storage laws, backdoor gun registration, and more.

In a Tweet, March For Our Lives SLC claimed the USSC news release is propaganda.

Multiple attendees gave their thoughts on the topics of discussion:

One woman, who identified as a doctoral student, stated that working to prevent suicide by guns is particularly important because people can end their lives quickly, on impulse.

A man stated "We need to find ways to keep our kids safe without violating the Constitution." He emphasized the need fortify schools against would-be mass shooters by implementing security measures similar to what banks use.

2News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

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