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Utah House advances gun control pushback bill

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah House has passed a watered-down version of a bill that declares Utah's authority to regulate firearms in the state.

The legislation says that if a judge declares a state gun law conflicts with a federal law, the state law will be supreme and federal and state officers cannot enforce the federal law.

Legislative attorneys say it's very likely a court will find the legislation unconstitutional if it passes.

The bill's sponsor, Pleasant Grove Republican Rep. Brian Greene, says the measure is an assertion of state's rights and individual liberty, and he doesn't believe it's unconstitutional.

The House approved the bill on a 49-17 vote Friday morning. It advances to the Senate for consideration.

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