Every state has an official state flower, a state animal, a state gem, a state bird, a state fossil, heck maybe even a state insect. Now adding to the list of items that states honor and make official, the state of Utah has chosen the Browning M1911 as the official state firearm.
Coming not long after the tragedy in Tucson, this new state firearm has garnered quite a bit of criticism, and is seen as somewhat inappropriate and unnecessary.
The Browning M1911 was designed by John Browning, a Utah native. It is said to symbolize freedom and power according to the sponsor of the new law.
Posted from the BBC.co.uk
The .45-calibre semi-automatic pistol was designed by Browning, who was born in Utah in 1855, to fill the US military’s need for a pistol with stopping power – the ability to fell an enemy with a single shot.
It was adopted by the US Army in 1911, and first saw action in combat with Mexican rebel leader Pancho Villa in 1916, according to the Browning Arms Company. It was later used in World War I and beyond.
Democratic Utah State Representative Brian King opposed the bill.
“When we are talking about a state symbol we would do well to come up with one that is more unifying than divisive and this is a very divisive symbol for obvious reasons,” he told Reuters. “This is just a poor choice for a state symbol.”