Utah lawmaker wants to assert state authority on gun rules over state, federal efforts

Utah lawmaker wants to assert state authority on gun rules over state, federal efforts

Ben Brewer, Deseret News Crowds gather around used weapons dealers at the South Towne Expo Center during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. SALT LAKE CITY — The House claimed dominion over all gun laws within Utah, voting to give the state power to override local laws and even disregard federal regulations. HB76 creates the Firearms Preemption Enforcement Act and effectively gives the Legislature the final say on all gun laws in the state, prohibiting cities or counties from creating their own rules. It also states that Utah will not enforce certain federal firearm regulations. “Any regulation, in the state of Utah, as it relates to firearms, is the prerogative of the state,” bill sponsor Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, told the House Judiciary Committee Monday. Maloy ran similar legislation, HB271 , last year but it died in the Senate on the last day of the session. HB76 passed the House 56-16 Tuesday with a vote mostly along party lines. Democratic Rep. Ashlee Matthews, of West Jordan, was the only one to break from her party and voted in favor of the bill. State authority vs. federal authority House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, was worried about the legal repercussions of Utah ignoring federal firearms legislation. “It’s a well-settled area of constitutional law: Congress passes a law that regulates gun use, or ownership or purpose. We simply do not have the power to preempt that or disregard that,” King said. “I do think […]

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