Utah is the first state in the country to have a state-designated firearm, after Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation recognizing the Browning M1911 as the official gun.
"The governor has said previously, and still feels, this isn't about a gun," said Herbert's spokeswoman, Ally Isom. "It's about honoring John Moses Browning and paying tribute to the man as an innovator and entrepreneur and someone who has given a lot to the state of Utah."
The measure, HB219, adds the M1911 semiautomatic pistol to the list of official state symbols, joining the blue spruce as the state tree; the elk as the state animal; the Bonneville cutthroat trout as the state fish; and the Dutch oven as the state cooking pot.