No-Guns Group Challenges Initiative Law

No-Guns Group Challenges Initiative Law

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A coalition that wants to keep guns out of schools and churches has filed a lawsuit claiming a state ballot initiative law makes it too difficult to gather enough signatures to place a question before voters.

Utah Safe to Learn-Safe to Worship Coalition filed the lawsuit yesterday.

The group has been gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would prohibit concealed-carry permit holders from bringing their weapons to schools, universities and churches.

The lawsuit alleges that changes to requirements for signature gathering during the 2003 Legislative session make gathering signatures "truly impossible" for initiative supporters.

The law requires initiative supporters to gather signatures of 10 percent of voters in 26 of the state's 29 Senate districts, which are roughly divided by population, before a question could go on the ballot.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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