Most States have a State bird, State flower and some even have a State fish but a State Gun??? Utah is aiming (figuratively) to be the first state to have an official ‘State Gun’ and its not any gun but rather a semiautomatic.
Utah’s House just passed the bill making the Browning M1911 semiautomatic the ‘State Gun’ and now the measure goes to the Senate, but not without controversy. Everyone from state educators to gun control advocates feel this is ill-timed (coming a month after the deadly shooting in Arizona) and a wrong symbol for the state.
The Browning is the first U.S. made semiautomatic created by Utah-born John Browning and got its first use as the U.S. Army fought Mexico’s Pancho Villa after his attacks in New Mexico in 1916.