- Associated Press - Friday, February 23, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - New Mormon president Russell M. Nelson is lamenting that laws allow people to have guns who shouldn’t.

KUTV-TV in Salt Lake City reported Friday Nelson made the comments last weekend in Las Vegas to young people about the Florida school shooting.

The station obtained a short video clip of the speech.

After saying that it’s natural to ask how God could allow such things to happen, Nelson said: “Well, God allows us to have our agency and men have passed laws that allow guns to go to people who shouldn’t have them.”

The clip ends after that comment.

A spokesman with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declined comment.

The religion bans lethal weapons at its churches but usually stays out of the gun control debate.

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