Not long after the end of the 2018 session, the Standard-Examiner discovered that a computer glitch in Utah’s court reporting system resulted in some 900 records not properly being uploaded to
Mind you, the information existed in the databases at individual courthouses and the BCI has chosen to share the information with the FBI’s database, but, according to the Examiner, Utah is just one of four states that don’t have a state law that specifically requires Utah use the FBI’s national database.
Well… HB 36: Bureau of Criminal Identification Reporting Amendments from Representative Ray Ward (Republican – Bountiful)…doesn’t…change…that rule…BUT it does at least get the state moving in the right direction when it comes to ensuring that individuals who pose a risk are not able to purchase a gun.
HB 36 requires that the courts notify the BCI when an individual has been found to be a danger to themselves or others, lacks the
Though Ward’s proposal seems fairly straightforward and obvious, the whole reason HB 36 is being proposed is
Ideally, HB 36 would go the logical next step further and require reporting to the FBI’s database; but Utah is Utah and, no doubt, this would be a crazy bridge too far for many lawmakers. Though I don’t fault Ward for not including this in his legislation, it is, none the less, disappointing that political reality prevents him from being able to protect more people with practical reform. However, as it stands, HB 36 is still solid legislation that should become law.
To contact Representative Ward, Click Here or call 801-440-8765
Impact on the Average Utahn – 1 | Need for Legislation – 5 | Lemon Score – 0
Overall Grade – B