Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service

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Gun Control

Gun Control

While Governor Leavitt was in office, there was an effort led by a citizen group to more strictly control guns through the legislature, while on the other side of the issue, there was a grass-roots group that wanted to be more liberal on gun control. At the time, the National Rifle Association and its affiliate, the Utah Shooting Sports Council, had a strong presence in the legislature as well. Because of this, among Governor Leavitt’s staff, there was talk to try to find a middle ground on gun rights that they could connect themselves to. For some time there was discussion to do something with the issue, to push controls that would be acceptable to the Shooting Sports Counsel and others, but in the end, it was not pursued. In the legislature the grass-roots effort fell on deaf ears, and while there was some serious talk internally, a plan was never developed.

Additional Information

NRA Endorses Leavitt For Governor. The Deseret News. September 5, 1992. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19920905a.pdf

“Gun Control” Isn’t a Nasty Phrase in Utah Anymore. The Deseret News. September 29, 1993.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19930929.pdf

S.L. Council Passes Gun-Control Measures. The Deseret News. October 6, 1993.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19931006.pdf

S.L. Couple Takes Up Fight for Strict Gun-Control Laws. The Deseret News. October 16, 1993. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19931016.pdf

Leavitt Sticks to Gun Law. The Salt Lake Tribune. May 24, 1996.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19960524a.pdf

Lawmakers Find New Affinity for Gun Control. The Salt Lake Tribune. May 20, 1999.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19990520.pdf

Angry Delegates Blast Governor Over Gun Control. The Salt Lake Tribune. June 6, 1999.


Leavitt, Stephens Have Reached Gun-Control Compromise. The Salt Lake Tribune. June 27, 1999. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19990627.pdf

Let People Make Gun Control Decision. The Deseret News. July 9, 1999. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19990709.pdf

Leavitt Shows Aggressive Side: Governor Speaking Out on Gun Control, Wilds and Internet Taxation. The Deseret News. October 17, 1999.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19991017.pdf

Leavitt Softens Gun-Control Stand. The Salt Lake Tribune. December 17, 1999. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19991217.pdf

Leavitt: Gun-Control Role Unrelated to Stephens. The Salt Lake Tribune. December 18, 1999.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW19991218a.pdf

Gun Petition Falling Short, Backers Say. The Salt Lake Tribune. May 18, 2000. http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW20000518a.pdf

Orton, Leavitt Debate Gun Control. The Salt Lake Tribune. September 27, 2000.  http://archive.li.suu.edu/docs/ms122/NW/ms122NW20000927.pdf

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