Park City, Utah officials are the latest in a series of local government functionaries who have been forced – kicking and screaming – by the Second Amendment Foundation to respect the Constitution and repeal illegal gun control laws. SAF has run up an impressive number of wins protecting Second Amendment rights. They’ve become the ACLU of the gun culture.
In the Park City case the ski resort town and home to the Sundance Film Festival had adopted local laws in direct violation of the Second Amendment and Utah’s state preemption law. The city prohibited all use and possession of firearms, the carrying of concealed weapons, carrying of loaded guns inside a vehicle, and drawing or showing a gun in “an angry or threatening manner” (no exceptions for justified use of force).
A city attorney, Tricia Lake, was clear about the illegality of the city’s prohibitions. From parkrecord.com:
“Had the City Council not repealed the sections, the restrictions “would amount to unlawfully restricting an individual’s rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution . . . ” as well as rights outlined in the Utah Constitution, the report said.
Shockingly, council members were not happy about being required to comply with the Constitution.
City Councilor Liza Simpson said it was “simply irritating.” Simpson said she would not be the City Councilor who made the motion to approve the repeal.
“Do we have to,” Cindy Matsumoto, another member of the City Council, said.
The council reluctantly voted to repeal the illegal anti-gun laws yesterday. Another victory for SAF and Americans’ gun rights.
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