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FILE - Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, front, discusses a bill as Mitch Vilos listens at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns would be free to stand their ground in self-defense situations under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

HB129 modifies self-defense law to say in no uncertain terms that failure to retreat from an aggressor "is not a relevant factor in determining whether the individual who used or threatened force acted reasonably."

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, described the bill as "good for all of the people of Utah."

The only objection on the floor during debate came from House Minority Assistant Whip Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, who said she did not understand what the bill was changing in the law and could not support it.

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Earlier in committee, the opposition's discontent with the bill was more vocal.

“I am outraged. This bill opens a floodgate for the unnecessary escalation of dangerous situations," said House Minority Caucus Manager Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City.

“A perceived threat is not always a threat. In this country, there is a culture of fear, and this bill empowers people to act on that fear,” said Rep. Elizabeth Weight, D-West Valley City

The bill passed 58-11 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.