Utahns rally against gun control legislation

Utahns rally against gun control legislation

Gun Rights

SALT LAKE CITY — Several hundred people rallied at the Utah Capitol on Saturday against legislation that they say would infringe on Second Amendment rights to bear arms. Connie Carlson, a member of the group Oath Keepers made up of veterans and law enforcement officers, said she attended the rally in support of logic and common sense. “Guns are not the problem, it’s people that are the problem. We need to fix society. We’re never asking the questions why” after acts of violence, Carlson explained. The rally focused on proposed “red-flag” laws, which allow guns to be taken away from those deemed in crisis at the request of people close to them, universal background checks and the elimination of private transfers of firearms. In Utah, Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, has tried to push a red-flag bill for the third year in a row. But last week, Handy told the Deseret News his efforts again haven’t found traction in Utah’s GOP-controlled Legislature. A universal background check bill from House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, is also on the legislative agenda. Many carried rifles during the rally and sported camouflage or military gear. Carlson said she has spent years serving the country as part of the U.S. Army. “I put in 39 years,” Carlson explained. “Seeing people die, it’s horrible. There are no words. But you can’t let your emotions override logic and common sense, and what the law is, and what the Constitution says. And (gun control) is […]

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