Utah gun safety bill aims to curb youth suicides

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have approved a measure to prevent youth suicides by giving gun owners information on how to store their weapons away from children and teens.

A House committee Wednesday voted unanimously to advance the measure from Sandy Republican Rep. Steve Eliason.

Eliason says the bill would provide brochures and pamphlets showing that many youth suicide attempts involve a gun belonging to a parent or family member, among other statistics.

The bill would also dole out materials on how to store the weapons in gun safes and use cable gun locks. It would give coupons for gun safes to state residents who apply for concealed carry permits.

The measure advances to the full House. It must also be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor to become law.

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