Utah House, Senate approve resolutions to explore making the state a Second Amendment sanctuary

Utah House, Senate approve resolutions to explore making the state a Second Amendment sanctuary

The nonbinding resolutions also express support for the right to bear arms. (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawmakers in the House Chamber during a special session at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The Utah House and Senate passed separate resolutions Wednesday reiterating their commitment to the constitutional right to bear arms and expressing their desire to explore the possibility of declaring the state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” The nonbinding resolutions, approved in an “extraordinary session” that was called by legislators in defiance of Gov. Spencer Cox’s wishes , are intended to make a statement of values and do not carry the force of law. Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, who sponsored the Senate declaration, said he opted to run it amid “significant public outcry” and concern from constituents about federal gun policies. “Unfortunately, there’s been some saber rattling in Washington, D.C., and people are concerned in Utah about someone coming in and taking away guns or restricting the use of guns on the federal level,” he told reporters during a news briefing ahead of the vote on Wednesday. Asked to specify which policies pose concern, Vickers couldn’t name any. “Right now, admittedly there are none,” he said. Gun sales hit record highs in Utah in 2020, when more than 180,000 firearms were purchased , said Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, who sponsored the House resolution . Interest in guns is on the rise across the nation, she continued, and Utah’s firearms stores […]

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