In the wake of this week’s Salt Lake City mall shooting spree, both gun-control groups and gun-rights advocates in Utah are finding argument fodder. Groups such as GunOwners of Utah say the incident points to the value of concealed carry permits, while the national Brady Campaign gun-control group points to Monday’s shooting as another example of weak gun laws, reports the Deseret News.
“We urge lawmakers who have enabled angry men to access assault rifles and teenagers to get other long guns to stand up to the gun pushers and do something to curb the flow of weapons through our communities,” an executive of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said in a statement. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said the Trolley Square shooting could influence the state’s gun laws – eventually. So far, though, he said he hasn’t heard any talk of needing to take action on existing laws as a result of Monday’s tragedy.