by Chet Hardin
Utah has become the first U.S. state to name an official firearm, placing an automatic pistol on a list of designated symbols, right along with the honeybee and the cutthroat trout.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill into law this week, designating the Browning model M1911 automatic pistol as the official state firearm.
The gun, which turns 100 years-old this year, is manufactured in Ogden, Utah.
If these Utah lawmakers really were interested in celebrating the inventiveness of their state's citizens, they could have just as easily picked for a symbol Nolan Bushnell's much more awesome, fun and forward-looking creation: PONG!