A peculiar State, indeed.Utah lawmakers continue to struggle to find just the right way to honor the late firearms inventor John Moses Browning. Unfortunately, their latest idea, naming the Browning model 1911 pistol the state gun, is another miss.
Earlier this year, one senator wanted to attach Browning’s name to an existing holiday, perhaps Memorial Day, Veterans Day or Pioneer Day. That plan didn’t gain much support, thank goodness, so, now, a different lawmaker is back with a different idea. Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, wants to declare the Browning model 1911 .45-caliber pistol the state gun.
As far as we can tell, no other state has a state gun, so that would make Utah the first. But that isn’t the kind of notoriety the state needs. Like all places, Utah has its peculiarities. This surely would be another.
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