Rep. Maloy to present Existing Weapons Restrictions Resolution during 2019 Legislative Session
Encourages Utah to know and enforce existing laws instead of supporting gun control legislation
LEHI, Utah, Jan. 23, 2019 – Utah House Representative Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, will introduce HJR 7 – Joint Resolution on Existing Weapons Restrictions during the 2019 Utah General Legislative Session. The resolution recognizes that the best way to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms is to enforce the laws already found in Utah Code.
“Remembering and enforcing Utah’s current laws that restrict firearm and weapons possession based on certain situations will better protect our children and society,” said Maloy. “So-called ‘red flag’ or ‘extreme risk protection laws’ that are popping up around the country are actually control and confiscation strategies by gun control groups infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens who utilize their U.S. and Utah constitutional right to own and bear arms. They do nothing actually to protect our citizens from criminals and murderers.”
The resolution points out 21 existing Utah laws addressing weapons use and restrictions. For example:
These are just a few of the current laws that exist to protect the citizens of Utah.
The State of Utah is known across the country and around the globe for how it “does things right” in many significant areas. The Joint Resolution on Existing Weapons Restrictions points out one other important area where Utah has done it right – that of serving as an example to the nation in how to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms.
“Whereas red flag laws attempt to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, this resolution points out Utah’s existing laws that seek to protect citizens by prosecuting and restricting actual lawbreakers and criminals,” said Maloy.
About Representative Maloy
Representative Maloy was elected by the people of Utah House District 6 to serve in the Utah House of Representatives in 2016. He will begin his third Utah Legislative Session in 2019. He resides in Lehi, Utah and serves on the House Economic and Workforce Services Committee, the Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Committee, and as vice-chair on the House Business and Labor Committee. He is a business owner and public relations professional for Maloy PR.
The 2019 Utah Legislative Session looks to be like many before it, busy. It will deal with some of the most crucial policies and issues facing the state today. From Tax reform to Medicaid expansion and everything in-between. Here is my agenda of bills this year.
First, I was appointed as vice-chair of the House Business and Labor Standing committee. I’m looking forward to working with Rep. Jim Dunnigan who is Chair along with the rest of the committee. We will be tackling some of the most significant issues in the state in this committee.
Here are the bills I’m working on:
Towing. In 2017, during my first legislative session, I was able to pass HB 393, Towing Amendments. The law established the Governor’s Towing Advisory Board and streamlined towing certification of towers under the state. The bill went a long way to better protect consumers from predatory towing while also making it easier for towing companies to work in multiple cities and areas throughout the state.
In 2019, I will be introducing the next phase of towing amendments that will again better protect consumers from predatory towing and help towing companies provide better service. Utilizing many of the discussions and recommendations from the Towing Advisory Board, this towing amendment bill will:
HB 114 – Self-defense amendments. This bill is back from last year. It received broad support but didn’t pass due to the session ending before it could be passed in the Senate. It was second on the list when the session ended.
Utah State Law is clear that when someone is assaulted by an aggressor, they can defend themselves without first fleeing. Someone who defends themselves is a victim of that violent aggression. This bill makes it clear that prosecutors cannot continue that victimization by asking questions such as “why didn’t you flee,” “why didn’t you first try to call the police,” etc. They were not required to do so before defending themselves. The bill does not allow people to use this law to be an aggressor.
Initiative Funding Amendments. Candidates for political office are required to provide information on who is paying for their campaign marketing activities. Those running a ballot initiative do not have this requirement. This bill will make it a requirement for them to disclose who is paying for their ballot-initiative campaign activities.
Driver License Suspension Amendments. Last year I passed a bill ending the practice of suspending someone’s driver license for a non-driving offense – specifically for drug-related charges that had nothing to do with driving. This bill extends that to include eliminating the suspension of a driver license for unpaid fines under $1,000. This ensures people who still need to drive to work, pick up children from school, etc. will still be able to do so. They will still be responsible for addressing their citations and paying fines, but they won’t lose their driver license while going through that process.
Second Amendment. I will be running a few bills in support of the Second Amendment. I will be aggressively opposing bills that are threats to the Second Amendment and blatant gun control bills including red flag and extreme risk protection order bills (ERPO).
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016