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Published: Thursday, Feb. 13 2014 8:59 p.m. MST

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Florwood
American Fork, UT

Clearly the legislature has never watched or read Hunger Games.

SNIPER741
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ

Florwood, you clearly don't get the picture. Nobody goes around and does mass killings using archery equipment. Nor do people rob banks or hold up gas stations with archery equipment. Typically Archery equipment is used for either target practice or hunting. To limit a person because of their past is not what the founding fathers intended. Just look at our laws today. In most states, if you drive 15MPH over the posted speed limit you can go to jail with a felony. Does that person deserve to have a hobby taken away for the rest of their life? If most people would understand that people make mistakes and learn from them, then we wouldn't have criminals who keep doing crime. I am surprised at Utah's lack of forgiveness, especially with the fact that the majority of your population is religious.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "SNIPER741" but people do go around using bows to kill people. See "Man charged with attempted murder after shooting father's girlfriend with hunting bow" in the Elizabethan Star.

"Hero instructor fought son in Wyoming college bow-and-arrow murder-suicide, police say" Fox News

"MURDERBY BOW AND ARROW; L.I. HUNTER SHOOTS SHAFT THROUGH NEIGHBOR: COPS" NY Post.

Maybe we should think a bit more before we allow this.

slave
American Fork, UT

Mr. Athy should be a poster child for what happens when you commit a crime and then get to spend the rest of your life with the consequences. As is happening more and more in our society we are once again trying to create loop holes instead of trying to teach responsibility for one actions.

intervention
slc, UT

I love archery and have owned all types of bows including crossbows. While it is true you may not b going around doing mass killings with such equipment you can certainly inflect "serious injury" to someone. I am not sure if the wisdom of raising such restrictions

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

Restrictions on archery equipment seem to be a solution in search of a problem. How often does anyone read about a crime committed by an ex-felon using a bow and arrows? Restrictions should only be placed on people's liberty when there is a need, demonstrated by experience; not just because of something that "might happen".

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Felons should not be necessarily restricted from having a weapon. If they are dangerous, they ought to be kept in prison. If not they ought to be let out and allowed their constitutional rights.

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