Joe Blow- It is not legal for anyone to openly carry a firearm unless they can
legally possess the firearm. Illegal aliens are prohibited for purchase or
possession of any gun, concealed or otherwise.But, if we are not
going to bother enforcing our immigration laws, why should we expect gun laws to
be enforced? The possession charge is a federal offense as well as a Utah
offense, but we know that the feds won't bother prosecuting him. The state
and the media should demand that the feds prosecute the gun charge, even if they
want to ignore the immigration crimes.This guy (according to the
story) has been a drug smuggler and was caught and deported five (five!) times
already, so who knows how many more drug smuggling trips he made without being
deported.When we fail to enforce (and really enforce with jail time
for repeat offenders) our immigration laws, then the total rule of law for all
crimes becomes impossible and unenforceable.We must enforce all our
laws, or people will obey none of them. THis story is proof of that.
"Just before 1 p.m., officers were flagged down by a man who said he saw a
man with a gun riding a bicycle near 710 W. 800 South."I assume
this weapon was not considered "concealed" if it was visible.
Isn't that generally legal in Utah? Now, I understand that, upon further
investigation, it was determined that this person's history made it illegal
to possess a weapon. But, that would not have been known when the "officers
were flagged down"The point being that, legal or not, people are
alarmed when they see others carrying guns. And rightfully so. Do we really
want to live in a society where the masses openly carry firearms in public?