The Utah municipality of Sandy City, A Salt Lake City suburb, has agreed to stop violating state law. Most states have reserved the power to regulate firearms to the state level so as to ensure uniform gun laws to keep compliance simple. Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption laws. But Sandy had passed ordinances that were clearly in violation of the state preemption law, prohibiting carry in some parts of the city. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking at local municipalities that are in violation of the law, and pushing to have them follow the law. In the case of Sandy City, the violation was obvious . . .
“Sandy City Corporation has no legal authority to adopt or enforce these sections of the Sandy City Corporation Code and should, out of respect for the supremacy of the Utah Legislature, and out of respect for the rule of law, repeal them,” foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb wrote in a July 8 letter to the city.
It was among 49 such demand letters sent to local governments around the state on the same date — part of a project by the foundation in which it pores through all local ordinances to flag those it considers as exceeding the authority granted by state law. Utah was the seventh state targeted in the group’s project, but it said it plans, eventually, to get to them all.
Only one member of the public spoke against repeal of the ordinances.
“Where are the laws protecting my rights as a private citizen who does not feel safe anymore, anywhere?” said Sally Jo Fuller, a 45-year Sandy resident who was the only member of the public to speak against the amendments.
If Ms. Fuller had thought about her comment, she would realize that her proposed “right” would cancel those of her fellow Sandy residents. If one can stop anyone from exercising their rights by claiming that a person “does not feel safe,” then no right would be safe. Anyone could claim that the way a person talked, or dressed, or practiced their religion made them feel “not safe”.
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