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Utah town says arming households a priority

Published January 8, 2013 1:39 pm

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Spring City • Officials in a small Utah town are urging citizens and teachers to arm themselves for everyone's safety.

One member of the Spring City council wants to make the edict mandatory, but police are urging restraint.

Councilman Neil Sorensen says he's drafting a measure that will go before the full council in February.

At first, Sorensen wanted to mandate a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. He also wants the town to pay for concealed-weapons training for every elementary school teacher.

The Sanpete County sheriff didn't think it was a good idea to force households to own guns, so Sorensen says he's inclined to make it a recommendation, not a law.

Spring City is about 90 miles south of Salt Lake City.