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Pending Legislation in Utah

There are two key Bills pending with the Utah State Legislation right now.  Specifically HB114, and HB 76.

The first is the Second Amendment Preservation Act.
This bill declares that the regulation of firearms is reserved completely to the state and provides penalties for the prosecution of anyone attempting to enforce federal laws to the contrary.

What that means is Utah can stop and could prosecute any Federal Agent attempting to enforce an unconstitutional Federal Law.  This gives serious teeth to the letter the Utah Sheriff’s Association sent to Obama.   Basically the State is backing up it’s Sheriffs.  This is a very good thing.

The second is Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments.
This bill would give Utah “Constitutional Carry”.  Also known as Vermont Carry.  This means quite simply, if you are legal to have a gun, you can carry it concealed if you are over 21.  No Concealed Carry Permit required in the State of Utah.  Looking the bill over, you would of course still need a Permit if you cross State Lines.
What I’d like to see here is a line that says something to the effect that Utah would honor other Constitutional Carry States Citizens rights, if that state honors ours.  For Example if you are from AZ, you could come to UT and carry concealed if UT residents could do the same in AZ.  A Constitutional Handshake if you will.

What’s amazing about HB76 though is that it’s sponsored by John Mathis.  The guy I ran against for public office and destroyed in the debate in Moab.  (Not my opinion, that’s what I was told after the event by several residence of Moab)  John has been just about completely useless up until this point.  But him sponsoring this bill… I’m impressed.    Honestly, I’m shocked.  I was planning on running against him in the Republican Primaries next time… but really, if this passes, I wont have to.
Now, if he will just remove the law about it being illegal to fish from horseback…

18 Comments

  1. Scott's Gravatar Scott
    02/19/2013    

    Awesome. Wish I could import some of that sanity to Cali. I console myself somewhat with the knowledge that I am, at least, in a gun friendly county a long way from liberaltopia. But still, would be nice.

    • 02/20/2013    

      Well, you have your gay marriages and free abortions.

      • Scott's Gravatar Scott
        02/20/2013    

        Well, there’s always that. And our high taxes, don’t forget about that.

        • Scott's Gravatar Scott
          02/20/2013    

          Wait, did you assign me a pink avatar because I’m from California? Mean.

          • 02/21/2013    

            No, the system did that automatically. I’m not kidding.

  2. New Chris's Gravatar New Chris
    02/19/2013    

    I really need to convince my gal to relocated to Utah…

    We could totally hang out! :-P

    Indiana isn’t bad but after Seattle it’s a bit dull.

    Utah sounds pretty sweet, especially now.

    • 02/20/2013    

      Ogres never hang out. We abide.

  3. 02/19/2013    

    Who would deny a man the right to fish from horseback?
    I am going to riot.
    Maybe burn my car in protest.

    Jim

  4. Marc's Gravatar Marc
    02/20/2013    

    I’m gonna masturbate from horseback in protest

  5. Steve's Gravatar Steve
    02/20/2013    

    Right. Because we all know that fishing from horseback gives an unfair advantage.

    How do some of these stupid laws even get thought up, let alone passed?

    • 02/20/2013    

      Most laws happen because something happened. I’d like to know what happened.

  6. Retired CATM's Gravatar Retired CATM
    02/20/2013    

    Utah Texas Montana Wyoming are looking good as states to retire to (even though I don’t plan on stopping work)

  7. 02/20/2013    

    Utah residents (as well as anybody else from Outside) can already CCW in Alaska with no permit.

    • Dorf's Gravatar Dorf
      02/20/2013    

      But you can’t get there from the lower 48 by land…..

      • mark's Gravatar mark
        02/20/2013    

        I have FedEx’ed my side iron up and down a few of times, as machine parts. A manually aligned reciprocating linear piston accelerator, hand held. I have without fail found it waiting at a friends house after the drive.

      • 02/20/2013    

        Can’t do much about that until after secession. Once the conquest of BC and the Yukon are complete, all visitors from what’s left of the US can bring whatever weapons they want. In the meantime, you can ship them up as Mark suggested, or check them in your baggage when you fly.

      • 02/21/2013    

        You can indeed. Its just a long road through Canada. Easier to take the ferry from Seattle.

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