Can Utah ignore federal laws that restrict gun rights? Lawmakers are asking

Can Utah ignore federal laws that restrict gun rights? Lawmakers are asking

Rep. Cory Maloy worked on legislation during the 2021 session but was scuttled as bill to remove permits for concealed carry passed (Rick Bowmer | AP) Republican Rep. Cory Maloy wants lawmakers to discuss whether the state can ignore any new federal gun restrictions. At least two states are considering legislation that would allow lawmakers to ignore federal laws or judicial rulings they feel violate the Second Amendment, which gives people the right to bear arms. Utah lawmakers are considering a similar move as early as next year. A bill introduced by Republicans in Ohio would declare any federal law, executive order, or court ruling to be “null and void” if it infringes on gun rights. A similar law in Texas declares the state a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” blocking state agencies and local governments from enforcing new federal gun rules. Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, tried to pass a law similar to the Texas bill during the 2021 Utah Legislature. He was unsuccessful, but lawmakers will study the issue during summer legislative meetings this year, with an eye on the 2022 lesgislative session that starts in January. “I want to see what we can do legally to make it so some of these laws from the federal government are not enforced by the state,” Maloy said. He explains Utah is already ignoring federal law with the legalization of medical marijuana, so why not federal firearms laws? “Everything we’re doing with medical marijuana is technically against the law,” he said. “The […]

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