A Look Inside Utah’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

A Look Inside Utah’s Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

artas / iStockphoto County commissions and councils across Utah are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. Second Amendment sanctuaries are popping up across the country. In Utah, there’s been a push at the county level for over a year that could make its way up to state lawmakers. So far at least 10 counties in Utah have passed resolutions or ordinances declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and at least five others are working to do so. That means they won’t enforce state or federal gun laws that may restrict a person’s right to keep and bear arms. Sam Robinson, the owner of Utah Gun Exchange, said his group has been leading the charge for the movement in the state. He said the goal is to have all 29 counties become a sanctuary, and eventually the state. “With all the societal unrest that we’ve seen in the last 16 months, there are more people now than ever before that understand that you do need to be able to protect yourself and those that you love and care about,” Robinson said. Robinson said the movement picked up in Utah — and really across the country — in early 2020 when Virginia lawmakers faced resistance to proposed gun regulations . There were several Utah counties who passed resolutions and ordinances before the COVID-19 pandemic, and in recent months it’s been gaining steam again. Robinson said people in his network are currently asking legislators to make Utah a Second Amendment sanctuary. Earlier this year, […]

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