Representative Carl Wimmer, sponsor of H.B. 219, said the designation should honor the gun’s inventor John Moses Browning (left), a Utah native. Browning invented the firearm (also, left) in 1911, and the semiautomatic has proven to be so durable and reliable that it has been in service with US military, law enforcement and private citizens ever since. The Star reported that the bill was approved in committee by a 9-2 vote and “is scheduled to be debated by the full House as early as Wednesday.”
The Browning M1911 became an official Army pistol in 1911. According to the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), Jan. 26, the gun "… was first tested in action in Mexico as the US Army chased the Mexican raider Pancho Villa after his attack on Columbus, N.M, in 1916."