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What Happened To Gun Bills Like HB 114?

March 18, 2013

I strongly support the Second Amendment. Many people have taken a special interest in HB114 Second Amendment Preservation Act.

As the session winds down, bills must be prioritized. Thus, when time is short and a particular bill does not seem to have critical mass (enough votes to pass), it is not prudent to waste valuable time, energy, and emotion debating a bill that will not pass.

In Section 16 of Article 11 in the Utah Constitution, it is law that “…no annual general session of the Legislature may exceed 45 calendar days…” Therefore, bills that do not seem to have enough votes to pass will not be prioritized in the interest of time. For a variety of reasons, HB 114 did not have sufficient votes to pass on the Senate floor. Every minute used to debate a bill that will not pass means other bills will not be heard simply because time ran out. HB 114 is a very important bill and must have time to be thoroughly debated.

The Constitution of the State of Utah is very protective of the Second Amendment rights, even more so than the Constitution of the United States. Section 6 of the Utah Declaration of Rights says, “The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed;” The Federal government has demonstrated a lack of respect for the rights our forefathers fought for, but in Utah, we will support the National and State Constitutions.

Many law-abiding citizens are responsible gun owners. I commend the vast majority of Utah citizens that own and operate firearms within the bounds of the law.

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