Utah continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation with more than 10 Utahns taking their life each week – half of those using a gun, statistics show and among young people the gun is frequently a parent’s firearm.
Representative Steve Eliason is proposing providing an incentive to gun owners to buy a trigger lock or gun safe, pairing it with efforts to expand suicide-prevention education. “The experts say, look, if you want to move the needle on suicide prevention, you’ve got to educate people on gun safety and you’ve got to get guns secured,” said Eliason
Proposed legislation will be released soon that would offer a state-funded rebate to all gun owners in the concealed-weapons and hunter-education databases for the purchase of a gun safe or trigger lock.
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