Gun safety bill aims to curb suicides in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker is proposing a bill that would encourage to gun owners to buy trigger locks and gun safes, and incentivize stores to implement suicide prevention programs.

Republican Rep. Steve Eliason says the proposed legislation could help curb the state's suicide rate and prevent young people from using their parent's firearms to take their lives. His bill, which has not yet been introduced, would offer a rebate to gun owners who purchased the safety devices.

Retailers would have to agree to implement suicide-prevention programs in their stores to be eligible for the program.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1gcvrin ) that Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, with 10 residents taking their life each week, most often with a gun.

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