Utah Gets Poor Grade From Gun-Control Group

Utah Gets Poor Grade From Gun-Control Group

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah got a D-minus from a national gun-control organization for failing to adopt laws to protect children from gunfire.

Utah was in a group with 28 other states. Utah does not require child-safety trigger locks to be sold with guns. The state also does not hold adults responsible for leaving loaded firearms unsecured and has no safety standards for handguns.

The information comes from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

The group was formed by James Brady, the former press secretary severely wounded in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

In 2000, the most recent year for which data is available, 16 children and teen-agers in Utah died from gunfire.

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

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