A bill named in memory of slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey is stuck in a House committee, held up by lawmakers wary of increasing civil liability for people who loan out their guns.
The “Lauren’s Law” legislation sponsored by Rep. Andrew Stoddard would open the way for lawsuits against individuals whose borrowed firearms are used in a felony. He introduced the proposal after McCluskey was killed in October by a convicted felon who shot her using a borrowed gun.
But legislators on the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee opted to hold the bill for discussion after hearing from gun advocates who said law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be culpable for the actions of criminals.
Brian Judy, a National Rifle Association lobbyist, said adding liability in these cases would put Utah on a “slippery slope.”