"It sometimes makes it more difficult to fight the battle," Lockhart said, suggesting lawmakers may eventually want to revisit their decision not to put restrictions on carrying weapons into legislative meetings.
"We want this to be a place where people can be comfortable," the speaker said. "No one was breaking the law with what they did. But I personally don't think that's wise. It doesn't help those of us who are defenders of the Second Amendment."
In another hearing on gun-related legislation Friday, the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee unanimously passed HB287, sponsored by Rep. Keven Stratton, R-Orem.
The bill allows law enforcement agencies to return confiscated firearms to their legal owner, providing the owner gives a sworn declaration of legal ownership. Under current law, law enforcement agencies are required to dispose of any confiscated weapons.
"I know of many people who have not been able to get their weapons back," said Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, noting the bill was a step in the right direction.
Contributing: Mary Mellor
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