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Utah designates official state gun

Last modified: 3/19/2011 12:00:00 AM
Utah has become the first state in the country to have a state-designated firearm, after Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation this week recognizing the Browning M1911 as the official gun.

'The governor has said previously, and still feels, this isn't about a gun,' said Herbert's spokeswoman, Ally Isom. 'It's about honoring John Moses Browning and paying tribute to the man as an innovator and entrepreneur and someone who has given a lot to the state of Utah.'

The measure adds the M1911 pistol to the list of official state symbols, joining the blue spruce as the state tree; the elk as the state animal; the Bonneville cutthroat trout as the state fish; and the Dutch oven as the state cooking pot.


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