Tag: second 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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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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Current state gun laws should be applied fairly, uniformly

Salt Lake City — The Alliance for a Better UTAH has issued the following statement regarding the fair application of current state gun laws: “Though it will be some time before the domestic violence and other charges filed against Utah Shooting Sports Chairman Clark Aposhian are fully adjudicated, and the civil stalking injunction that has

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On guns, Lee is clueless

A recent editorial by U.S. Senator Mike Lee in the Deseret News has me again disappointed in our elected leaders. Lee’s lectures on the constitution are usually harmless, if totally annoying and condescending, but his most recent exegesis of the 2nd Amendment should leave Utahns unusually worried about their senator. In the editorial, Lee begins with

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 40 – March 12, 2013

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat. It aired on March 12, 2013. ——– This is Maryann Martindale of the Alliance for a Better UTAH and welcome to this week’s edition of the Better UTAH Beat. The 2013 legislative session finally ends this week while Utahns continue to hold their collective

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 38 – February 26, 2013

The following is the transcript from this week’s Better UTAH Beat. It aired on February 26, 2013. ——– We haven’t always been the United States of America. In fact, we used to be these United States of America. Did you catch the difference? It’s the difference between plural and singular usage: The first use relies

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Our love affair with guns

Let’s face it. In this country we have a love affair with guns. Several bills this session highlight this gun obsession, but one in particular deserves more substantive consideration. HB76, sponsored by Rep. John Mathis (Vernal), otherwise known as Concealed Weapon Carry Amendments, would remove the need for a permit in order to carry a

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