SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would end the no-gun perimeter around schools has been tabled by representatives who want to clear up misunderstandings.
Rep. Michael Noel, R-Kanab, moved to have House Bill 75 circled, equivalent to tabling, on Tuesday so lawmakers can discuss the bill with its sponsor, Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield.
Oda said he wants to allow people to openly carry guns within the 1,000-foot perimeter now established around private and public schools because, many times, people are not aware of where the perimeter is.
"As far as bad guys, they're not going to obey the law anyway," Oda said. "There are 22,000 gun laws in this country, and they don't obey them."
Oda said people who openly carry guns in public places, such as a mall or around a school, do break the law when they are doing it to make a statement.
Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake City, proposed an amendment that was approved 37-35 by the House. The amendment would allow school districts to recoup the costs of locking down a school when a person is reported to be carrying a gun near the school.
"I have my concealed weapon permit," Seelig said. "This is for those who are more concerned about their gun rights than the impact of carrying out their gun rights."
Seelig said everyone has the right to bear arms, but not a license to act foolishly.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, supported Seelig's amendment, saying, "I don't want the schools in lockdown just because someone wanted to get their point across."