According to Eliason, for the average youth there are 15 minutes or less between when a youth thinks about taking their life and makes an attempt. Because of that, he is looking at ways to ensure firearms are not readily available during that time since in Utah, firearms are the most common method of suicide deaths.
Eliason is proposing HB17, which addresses trigger locks, firearm safety information and suicide prevention courses.
“The reality is that the likelihood that the firearm they purchased is going to be used to kill a member of their own family is exponentially greater than that the firearm is going to be used to stop an intruder from coming into their home," Eliason said.
LEAP Forward will be grading action on HB 17 and is scoring support.