Lawmakers are already lining up to order the $1,150 special edition AR-15, manufactured right here in Utah by Tegra Arms in Orem. The semi-automatic rifle is similar to the M16 used by the military, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. This is the fifth year Utah has presented a commemorative firearm during the legislative session.
"My wife was scared of it when she first saw it," said Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, who has bought the commemorative guns in the past and has ordered the AR-15 this year.
The weapon is lightweight, covered in a white Cerakote finish with a gray beehive honeycomb pattern. The state motto, "Industry," is emblazoned on the side with a beehive. On the stock is etched a honeybee, the state insect, and the phrase "Vox Populi," the Latin phrase for "Voice of the People," which is the motto of the Utah House.
Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, a lieutenant in the Utah Highway Patrol, told The Tribune he's glad they chose a rifle for the commemorative weapon this year.
"I'm not a big handgun fan but I love rifles," he said. "This AR is the most beautiful gun ever."
For those wondering what about Utah staying close to its roots by selecting a Browning firearm, the legislature is one step ahead of you.
Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, said he's already had numerous orders for the limited-edition firearms. Next year, he said, lawmakers are considering ordering a Browning shotgun.