10th Amendment on steroids

The state of Utah isn’t passing toothless resolutions they are taking on the federal Government over states rights with a vengeance. I must say that several others have similar things on the board, however, the Utah position appears to be a no holds barred, knees and elbows approach to a fight that everyone knows will be coming.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Guns made and kept in Utah would be exempt from federal regulations under a measure passed by the Utah Legislature Wednesday, despite concerns over an expensive legal fight at a time when the budget is already stretched thin.

Senate Bill 11 was passed by the Utah House 56-17.

The proposal mirrors one Montana signed into law last year that’s intended to trigger a federal court battle. The measures would allow guns made in the respective states to be exempt from federal gun registration rules like background checks and dealer-licensing.

The goal is to circumvent federal authority over interstate commerce, the legal basis for most gun regulation in the U.S.

In the process, it could lead to small arms dealers in the state operating with little to no oversight.

Sen. Margaret Dayton, an Orem Republican, has said her bill is part of a broader effort to send a message to Congress that the federal government is overstepping its bounds.

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, said the bill isn’t just about guns. It’s also about state’s rights, he said.

The House sponsor of the proposal, Sandstrom said other states have similar bills in the works and he’s been speaking with legislators across the nation who are actively involved.

The bill now goes to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Spokeswoman Angie Welling said Herbert supports legislative efforts to reaffirm states’ rights, but is concerned about the possible legal costs that would go with constitutional challenges.

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