First- Current laws do not prevent criminals from getting and carrying guns
anywhere they like. The good Chief should know that, but chooses to ignore this
inconvenient truth so he can cling to the fantasy that "Constitutional
carry" of any sort would allow criminals to carry guns more than they
already do.As far as his "right to not be afraid of the sight of
a gun" I'd like to see exactly where in the Constitution that is
written. Meanwhile, he can check Article 1 Section 6 of our Utah Constitution
and the Second Amendment to our U.S. Constitution which specifically recognize
(not grant, but recognize pre-existing) explicit rights to keep and BEAR arms.
Utah's Constitution only allows laws on how arms can be used, but not the
fundamental right to keep and bear.Finally, Constitutional Carry has
been the law in Vermont forever, Alaska for more than 10 years, Arizona for more
than three, and Wyoming for more than two years. Zero problems in any of those
states.The Chief's opinions are the same as used against
"shall issue" permit laws in the 1990s. They were wrong then, but
recycle their same old discredited arguments.
Arizona already passed such a law over two years, and no has
noticed.Herbert should have signed this law, the current
concearled laws are an unneccessary hassle and are clearly unneeded and
unwanted, and serve no purpose.Doing things based on the irrational
fears of liberals, does not make good law, or good decisons.
Well, you opposed Rep. Ray's Disorderly conduct bill. It was the more
important bill and you helped block it. It has a good balance between gun rights
and public safety. What is up with that?
Vetoing it was the right thing to do. It's just common sense.
A tip of the fedora to our Gov.
Current Law provides layers to prevent criminal behavior. If a criminal is
caught with a gun and doesn't have a concealed permit he can be charged
with a crime and jailed. Sometimes this maybe the only crime they get charged
with but it takes them off the street. If they are caught doing other crimes in
connection with it the penalties are much more severe. Without Concealed carry
laws criminals will carry without fear of being caught because they are within
their rights to carry openly.Great Article by the way! And thank you
GOV. Herbert for doing the right thing. In the end people will see this veto
actually protects second ammendment rights.
Re: "HB76, however, would allow any person over age 21 to carry a concealed
firearm regardless of any history of these convictions or behaviors."Chief, you're not really trying to tell us that current law in any
way prevents criminals from carrying concealed, are you? Here's betting a
significant number of the criminals you arrest are already carrying
concealed.HB76 was only designed to remove unnecessary hassles and
even the odds for the law-abiding.