Tag: first amendment

Utah Sen. Mike Lee blocks bill that would prevent access to 3D-printed guns

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee blocked legislation to prohibit blueprints of 3D printed guns from being posted online, and continues to argue that it’s a free speech issue. “When you talk about publishing instructions to do something rather than banning the thing itself, you run into some potential First Amendment problems,” the Utah

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Great Old Broads for Wilderness Asserts Right to Freedom of Speech

Great Old Broads for Wilderness and 14 other conservation organizations have signed on to an amicus brief filed May 4 in support of the organization’s former associate director, Rose Chilcoat. She has been targeted for criminal prosecution due to her association with Great Old Broads for Wilderness and her work to advocate for healthy public

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Hobby Lobby ruling a blow for individual rights

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– The nation’s highest court made waves yesterday by ruling that the religious rights of male company owners outweigh the reproductive rights of the women who work for them. Yes, I’m perhaps being a bit sensational on this

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First Amendment vs. Second Amendment

The Better UTAH Beat airs Tuesday afternoons on KVNU’s For the People. Podcasts of previous episodes are available here. —– If there was ever any question that the Second Amendment has a chilling effect on the First Amendment, consider, briefly, the thought process that went into deciding whether or not to discuss gun policy in this week’s

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May the Fourth (Amendment) be with you

It isn’t often you’ll find me agreeing with Utah’s Republican delegation, but their vote this week to reduce the National Security Agency’s overly broad domestic surveillance program was the right thing to do. As for Matheson–the only member of Utah’s delegation who voted in support of keeping the program–well, add this to the list of reasons

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