While some states restrict gun laws, Utah looks to become the first with an official state gun. And that is much cooler than having a state flower.
The effort is to honor the memory of John M. Browning, the inventor of the M1911 pistol, according to this story. The bill passed the House Political Subdivisions Committee on a 9-2 vote. It will be debated by Utah’s House of Representatives this week.
Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer reportedly told the committee the gun should be a state symbol to honor Browning, a Utah native.
“He invented a firearm that has defended American values and the traditions of this country for 100 years,” Wimmer said.
Utah has 24 state symbols recognizing the history, geography and culture of the state. They include a cooking pot, tree, hymn and a folk dance.