Why ‘saber rattling’ led Utah lawmakers to support making Utah a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

Why ‘saber rattling’ led Utah lawmakers to support making Utah a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

Jacob Wiegand, Deseret News Josh and Morgan Cox, brothers from Francis, Summit County, carry a “Don’t Tread on Me” and an American flag while chanting “civil rights” during a pro-gun rally on the steps of the Utah Capitol on April 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City. At the protest, demonstrators heard from numerous speakers airing their beliefs about firearms, gun control and the Second Amendment. Utah lawmakers in an “extraordinary session” on Wednesday approved two resolutions to declare support for Utahns’ Second Amendment rights and support for “exploring the possibility of declaring Utah a Second Amendment sanctuary” state. The resolutions, approved separately by the House and Senate, came in response to growing concerns from constituents that the federal government under President Joe Biden’s administration would infringe on their Second Amendment rights. “There’s been significant public outcry,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said in a media availability earlier Wednesday afternoon, before the votes. “The Legislature is concerned as well.” But when asked by a reporter which federal policies Utah lawmakers are concerned about, Vickers said, “right now, admittedly, there are none.” “But 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 and restricting the use of guns on the federal level,” Vickers added. “So this simply sets up a process where we can be in place and have a policy in place that we can protect those rights if and when that happens.” In […]

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