SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert has signed legislation allowing Utah residents to temporarily hand guns over to police if they're concerned someone in their home may be a threat.
The measure allows police to safely harbor guns for two months for anyone who fears someone they live with might use it to hurt themselves or others.
Republican Rep. Dixon Pitcher of Ogden authored the bill, which he says could prevent shootings like the December school shooting attack in Newtown, Conn.
Dixon says the law was needed because religious leaders say they regularly receive requests to keep guns safe from people worried that their family members will use them dangerously.
The governor's office announced Herbert's signature on the legislation Thursday.