Utah's constitution is very clear- I have the individual right to keep and bare
arms for self protection. The CCW law in itself is an infridgement to that right
and only serves one purpose. That is to generate revenue for the state as shown
by its policy of issueing CCW to no-residents. I have no objection to having a
background check, or demonstrating that I am a qualified shooter. As a senior
citizen on a limited income I resent the State charging me for a right which is
already mine, granted under Art.1 Sec. 6 of the Utah Constitution.
On a related note, SB157 Rights of Citizens to Carry Firearms in Declared
Emergency ("the Katrina bill") has just passed the House ---Congrats and
THANK YOU to Sen Mark Madsen and Rep Carl Wimmer!
The amendment prohibiting open carry on college campuses but allowing it in
elementary, jr. high and high school makes sense. High school kids can probably
handle seeing a teacher or other responsible adult carrying a gun in a holster
and think nothing of it. On the other hand, U of U "geniuses" and their nutty
professors would probably stampede, pile up like poultry in a panic and smother
each other. Can you imagine anything as inflammatory and terrifying to U of U
students and profs as a Colt resting peaceably in a leather holster? Eat your
heart out Stephen King.
I guess it is good that they are "Clarifying" the law....but that is really all
they are doing. Utah has always been an "open" carry state because there is
nothing in the law that specifically prohibits it. I have had a CCW for several
years now but I only carry when going to certain places where I feel the need to
have my weapon with me. So many people get this impression that those of us
with CCW's are nuts running around with guns all the time and that's just not
the case. Open carry in some situations just doesn't make sense...and in others
it certainly does. Way to go legislators for clarifying this law!!!!
This will really help crime go down the drain. Even in Utah you are not safe in
many places without your own weapon for protection. That Trolley Square incident
would have been over in seconds if those patron victims had guns of their own.
But former Mayor Rocky Anderson doesn't believe in guns nor did he do anything
We have some very conservative/pro-gun legislators and activists - but we also
have some very liberal/anti-gun legislators. This article was
certainly not the best, failing to name several of the individuals involved --
such as the bill's sponsor (Curt Oda, one of the "good guys") and those who
suggested the amendments.I recommend going to the leg home page and
listening to the floor audio.
Does anyone know who is pushing for changes in the carry laws? And Why? Also,
does this over-ride a city ordinance on open carry? The Utah
constitution limits the scope of such laws in favor carry laws; I hope they are
aware of that.....I know, they are lawmakers, but you never know.
Why does this article not clearly point out that it is currently LEGAL to carry
a loaded weapon in public WITHOUT any permit at all? A concealed weapon permit
allows you to conceal that weapon because without the permit you can carry the
weapon, but cannot conceal it. The second amendment guarantees us this right to
carry a weapon and we don't need a permit for that and we certainly don't need a
state law that attempts to take away our 2nd amendment right.