Firearms Folly

States’ rights have been a source of argument for more than two centuries, and deserve legitimate debate. Every year our Legislature seems intent on taking one or more positions that are so lacking in merit that they can serve no purpose other than to challenge federal authority. In attempting to exempt all firearms made and sold in Utah from all federal regulation, Senate Bill 11 may be this year’s line in the sand (“States rights weapons bill going great guns,” Tribune , Feb. 9).

How the Legislature can suggest that firearms made and sold in Utah will not be involved in interstate commerce and therefore are beyond the reach of federal law is not only comical, it is dangerous. Just what beneficial states rights issue is addressed at the cost of…

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