Armed bicyclist has been deported 5 times, police say

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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    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.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 14, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    "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?