Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bill would allow people to openly carry guns in public spaces

A bill quietly endorsed by a legislative committee would codify licensed concealed-weapons holders' ability to openly carry loaded guns in almost any publicly owned space in Utah, including university campuses, public schools, sports arenas and hospitals.
HB473 is sponsored by Curtis Oda, a Davis County Republican with a history of championing expanded gun rights and criticizing University of Utah policies he believes trampled those rights.
In recent years, U. officials have largely abandoned their opposition to concealed weapons on campus, but they have held firm on the "open carry" issue, contending current law requires that firearms allowed by concealed weapons permits must remain concealed if they are brought onto school grounds. They cite the potential disruption caused by public display of weapons.
"Universities are a small piece of this. It would permit anyone with a permit to carry that weapon openly anywhere in the state," said John Morris, the U.'s general counsel. "This appears very broad. It would actually have a dramatic impact."


I can already imagine the screams and general hysterics from the gun grabbing crowd already.

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No food or water tonight after midnight (who eats that late anyway?), none tomorrow morning. Hopefully my angiogram won't show anything scary that requires work on the part of the doctors. If all goes well I'll be home tomorrow afternoon. If not, I'll be there overnight.

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Just a lot of odd random stuff in the playlist today.

"Take the "A" Train" by Duke Ellington
"Ferry Across the Mersey" by Jerry and the Pacemakers
"Misery and the Blues" by Maria Muldaur
"Eye in the Sky" by The Alan Parsons Project
"Chicago" by Benny Goodman
"Heat of the Moment" by Asia
"Everybody's Jumpin'" by Dave Brubeck Quartet
"Rebel Child" by Gretchen Wilson
"Stakalee" by Dr. John
"No Fair at All" by The Association

Any comments on this bunch?

11 comments:

terri said...

You'll be in my thoughts. Hope all goes well!

Hammer said...

I hope that law goes through.

I woule really love to see nationwide open carry. Wouldn't that make the dems poop themselves.

Good luck at the doctor!

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

I haven't been by in a few days, so all this is news to me.

Good luck on the angio today.

(And yes, I'd love to see open carry here, too. Fat chance of that, though.)

Kenny said...

I hope the procedure goes well. Open carry could be a good thing but I don't think I would carry in the open.

momster said...

I hope you get to come home real soon. I will be praying for you.

meleah rebeccah said...

"ability to openly carry loaded guns in almost any publicly owned space in Utah, including university campuses, public schools, sports arenas and hospitals."

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

That is some SCARY shit. Sorry.

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I will be praying all goes well at the doctors.. and that tests have good results.

brandy101 said...

best of luck on your tests!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Hope you are ok and that the tests were good. Let us know how things went as soon as you are able.

Simon Clark said...

Good luck with both your health and your open carry bill. If only here!

AlanDP said...

Alan Parsons Project is one of my favorite groups. I have a bunch of their albums. All of them, I guess, up to "Stereotomy." I kind of lost track of them after that. Got a couple of Asia albums--did they make more than two?

I had an Association tape that I wore out back in my college days. I heard "Never My Love" on the radio just yesterday and was wishing I still had that tape.

I've actually performed "Take the 'A' Train," also back in college. I played bari sax in the college jazz band.

I hope your checkup goes well.

Mike W. said...

I thought open carry was already legal in most of Utah? The only caveat being that if you don't have a CCW you can't carry with a round chambered.