Utah may adopt a state gun
Utah is trying to adopt the Browning M1911 handgun as its state gun 100 years after the U.S. Army began using it.
January 26th, 2011
06:38 PM ET

Utah may adopt a state gun

Utah has a state flower, a state fossil, a state cooking pot and 21 other official symbols. It might soon add a state gun.

The state House passed a measure Wednesday, by a 51-19 vote, that would make the Browning M1911 pistol - designed by Utah’s John Moses Browning in the early 20th century - the state firearm. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer, has said the measure aims to honor Browning. His M1911 was used as a standard U.S. Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, according to the Browning manufacturing company's website and Jane's Infantry Weapons.



The measure has attracted criticism from anti-gun activists and some state House members. Some lawmakers argued in debate Wednesday that it was insensitive after the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

One state lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Carol Moss, said during Wednesday's debate on the House floor that in addition to her concerns regarding the Arizona shooting, she was worried that children would see things such as coloring books featuring the gun along with the other state symbols, the Tribune reported.

Steve Gunn of the Gun Violence Prevention Center told CNN affiliate KSL last month - before the Tuscon shooting - that he thought the proposal was in bad taste.

"I would nominate arsenic as our state poison, because, of course arsenic is often a byproduct of our state mining industry," Gunn sarcastically told KSL in December.

Wimmer told KSL this week that "this pistol is Utah," and its history "is emblazoned on our state." He added that rather than gloryfying an implement of death, as he said some critics charged, "we're glorifying an implement of freedom that has defended us for 100 years."

During Wednesday's debate, one lawmaker suggested erecting a statue of Browning instead, but Wimmer countered that his plan was the only way to honor the gun designer without costing taxpayers, the Tribune reported.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    i wonder what the national gun of mexico is?

    January 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. howlyn

    A great choice. The 1911 is an engineering work of art, and still going strong after 100 years.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @LouWho...lol, that's a funny one. @Guns...Americans Do:well said and I agree. // If ootah adopt's this gun, they could make a flag showing Mormon Beetles (the bugs that devastated Mormon crops when Brigham Young lured them there) getting blown away by this pistol.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. creed

    Sick – not cool.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joseph

    The 1911 was America's sidearm through 3 wars, this is simply a state giving a salute to it. I support it, and I wonder if other states will adopt state firearms.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd A

      Only the red ones will.............the blue ones have actual political work to do.

      January 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    What a complete waste of time and money. Stupidest story I've heard all week.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JeanClaudeVanDarn

    @Jeff: I actually support gun rights and wouldn't mind hitting the range one day. I guess I take issue with the complete waste of time and money this is taking up. I also take issue with the belligerent back woods mentality that glorifies weapons. I'd just like to see some toning down of it all. No Jesus would not be happy with bible thumpers being so gun crazed, but mormons are not quite Christians. Their idol was a child who read the word of God in his hat or something. Cuckoo

    January 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Todd A

    So let me get this straight.............some Utah republicans want to honor a bigamist who invented a handgun? Sounds about right.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. l2_k

    to UT: seriously? don't you have other things to worry about?

    to gun activist: guns don't kill people...people do. pencils, knives, chainsaws, axes, box-cutters don't kill people. People do.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gas Guzzler

    Spent some time back in late 80s in Wendover UT,the salt flats are lightning quick...had to leave because some guy and his girlfriends kept trying to sell me a Paxton 5lb supercharger for my 6000 SUX...Dang if I'm going to use a supercharger from a Studebaker avanti

    January 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JeanClaudeVanDarn

    The national gun of Mexico is the chupacabra-9mm auto slide action burrito launcher.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blessed Geek

    How about trojan as utah's state rubber.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daryn

    If guns don't kill people, why do I need a permit to own one? Why aren't they for sale from a vending machine somewhere?

    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AR Ace

      because people would purchase them... and we need to know when the creepy libs like our Tuson shooter buy them. Otherwise... the vending machine is a great idea!

      January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. /k/ommando

    "(-____-)
    >MFW people can be so stupid and legally be allowed to live."

    January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wyoming Wind by Philip (a poem)

    Oh. .The Wind Won't Blow. .In Wyoming don't ya know. .Until Utah Sucks .(that day is upon us, again)

    January 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
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