With the debate over banning AK-47s and other assault rifles at a peak - and Utah's members of Congress on record against federal gun control - who among them owns an assault rifle?
A survey of the five here this week showed that only Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has one of the controversial guns, and it is deactivated and mounted on a plaque in his office. The AK-47 is a gift from an Afghan freedom fighter. To get the weapon past Capitol police it had its firing mechanism dismantled so no disgruntled constituent can grab it off the wall and start shooting.Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, owns the most guns of anyone in the state's delegation, including two semiautomatic shotguns, two .22-caliber rifles and a pistol.
Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, owns a shotgun, but no assault rifle. Garn said he opposes unrestricted sales of fully-automatic weapons, but believes the states, not Washington, should control gun sales.
Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, said he owns no guns himself, but added that some members of his family are avid gun enthusiasts.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, said through a spokesman that he owns no AK-47, but opposes federal gun controls.