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Utah to adopt official state gun?

Most states have an official state flower, or bird. But a bill introduced in Utah wants to create an official state firearm. And their weapon of choice? The Browning M1911 semi-automatic pistol.

Not every politician in Utah supports the measure, questioning whether they should honor semi-automatic pistols — the choice weapon for those who are committing massacre, including the recent shootings in Arizona. And Virginia Tech. And Fort Hood.



  1. Sammy wrote:

    How about an official state guitar? Or snowboard?

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    They are working on those, I believe, as we speak. Utah has beau-coups of state things – even a state pot – or should that read simply “even state pot?” ‘>D

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  3. H. Rider Haggard wrote:

    Well, there’s the Pennsylvania long rifle, AKA the Kentucky long rifle. I guess the other states are jealous.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  4. Don in Texas wrote:

    The Browning M1911 is historically significant and worthy of recognition though I’m not sure how that history is connected to Utah. Comparisons to mass murderer weapons of choice seem out of place also, IMO. Besides I think they used a Glock 9mm. I don’t know what Texas would pick for a state firearm but I’d be okay with the Walker Colt 45 revolver, since it was a Texas Ranger who recommended the modifications.

    Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink