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SALT LAKE CITY — A controversial bill asserting Utah's right to bar the enforcement of federal gun laws in the state passed the House 49-17 Friday after an often passionate debate.
The bill followed a letter from the Utah Sheriff's Association to President Barack Obama warning that the association would not enforce new restrictions on guns and ammunition proposed by the administration.
HB114 is one of two high-profile gun bills this session. The second, HB76, would allow Utahns to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The "constitutional carry" bill passed the House more than a week ago but has not been heard by the Senate.