Governor: Lawmakers took 'a little bit of my advice' on gun bills

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  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    March 16, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    A few things that the governor knows:

    1) This bill passed with a veto proof majority.

    2) The percentage of republicans in this state is much higher then the percentage of democrats, and not all democrats are opposed.

    3) When FORMER senator Bennett decided that his wisdom preempted the wisdom of the people he was ejected from his office.

    4) Covert pressure from local religious leaders to do things a certain way doesn't prevent consequences like 3).

    If the Governor enjoys his job, and wishes to keep it, he will sign that bill and then let the furor die down. If he wants to make points with some unseen voices he will veto the bill and then will lose his position as Governor.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    March 15, 2013 5:41 p.m.


    Care to prove your point? I can say the contrary and be just as magnanimous.

  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    March 15, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Wonder why the DN didn't mention the huge numbers of calls and letters the governors office is receiving asking him to sign the bill into place. Contrary to what those opposed to Constitutional carry would have you believe, the vote of the legislature does represent that the majority of Utah want... this bill signed.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    The class for a concealed carry permit that everyone seems so concerned about, deals with the same basic safety that one gets in the Hunter Safety Course. I'm 55 and had that course 41 years ago. That puts a large number of people in the same situation as me. This is an area known for hunting, shooting and other outdoor sports. Yet, I haven't seen many injuries or deaths related to mis-handling firearms, other than some unfortunate fires caused by the normal functioning of the same. That issue has been addressed. As to the "background check," it's not done for those who carry open. So for carrying concealed it seems meant to imply those people are likely unbalanced, when the really unbalanced ones would hide their weapons regardless of the law. The current law just collects a fee and rubber stamps a paper saying you're not Charles Manson. In all, there's no compelling reason to veto this bill.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 15, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    "amended so a gun concealed without a permit could not have a round in the chamber, which is considered unloaded under Utah law. "

    Let me see if I understand the logic.

    To get a CCP in Utah, one must pass a background check and go thru a 4 hour class. But, if you want to avoid all that mess, just don't put a bullet in the chamber.

    "According to the study (BYU Study), 82% of Utahns favor background checks on all potential gun buyers. But, that number is still almost ten points lower than the national totals."

    Heck, I didn't think you could get 82% of people to agree on ANYTHING.

    So tell me. Who is the Utah State Legislation representing here?

  • Jack-P West Valley, UT
    March 15, 2013 1:10 a.m.

    Let's see. Two years ago Herbert SIGNED HB477, a BAD (anti GRAMA) bill, "Because it passed with a veto proof majority." It would be hypocritical of him to veto this Constitutional Carry bill that also passed with a veto proof majority.