Legislation Spotlight: Lauren's Law

Legislation Spotlight: Lauren's Law

On February 14th, America recognized the one year anniversary of the Parkland High School mass shooting. In the past year Utah has experienced its own tragic events related to gun violence, including the January 2019 shooting at Fashion Place Mall and the October 2018 murder of University of Utah student, Lauren McCluskey. In the past year we’ve seen brave young Utahns join a national movement towards ending gun violence. Utahns have called for the legislature to work toward safer schools, secure public spaces, and initiatives curbing Utah’s suicide rate, and the wealth of gun legislation up for consideration this year shows that Utahns are ready to have these conversations. 

In direct response to Lauren McCluskey's murder, I am sponsoring HB190 (Liability of Firearm Custodians) to create the opportunity for civil liability when firearm owners recklessly lend their guns to other individuals. Lauren's killer was not legally allowed to own a firearm, and had he not been able to borrow one from a friend, he may have been slowed or even stopped and Lauren could still be alive. This bill is supported by the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah as well as several other gun violence prevention organizations, as well as Lauren's family. 

I am pleased to report that HB190 was moved out of the House Rules Committee today, and should be heard by the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee next week. I believe in the value of this legislation, and I hope my fellow legislators will be willing to have the crucial conversation about ending gun violence. This issue is important to Utahns, and it’s important to me.