I had a copy of the University of Utah's New 09-2010 Open Carry policy leaked to me. I am hosting it over on my blog here: http://www.utahopencarry.com/
You can download the PDF's of the 2009 and 2010 Policy from my site. I know that these issues are being addressed, but it never hurts to contact the AG, you Reps and Senator.
Last year in 2009 the University of Utah updated their Policy in dealing with people who Open Carry within 1000′ of campus. This policy applies to more than students and staff, but anyone who comes within 1/4 mile of campus. It is important to remember that other Utah Colleges follow the UofU in policy. This policy does effect many people living in the state.
To give a little legal background, Utah has a “Uniform Firearm Law” that only State Law may dictate firearm policy. This keeps the law uniform whether in the city, county, or campus. This law, in effect, makes any firearm policies that are outside state law non-enforceable.
The Uniform Law was used to protect Conceal Carry at College in Utah. The University of Utah had a heated legal battle with the Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. Result, the Uniform Law protects our second amendment rights from policies coming from non-elected officials.
So back in Sept 2009, the University of Utah released a revised Open Carry Policy for UofU police and security. Among the changes were the removal of “protective laws” cited and the emphasis on those laws that can be used to “throw the book”. It also cited their policy was given power by a opinion letter from the AG’s office (another story).
Come Fall 2010, I had the new UofU Policy leaked to me. The changes are even more disturbing. Knowing that the Attorney General was in opposition to the “Opinion Letter”, any reference to their acting under direction of the AG’s Office was removed. This is an attempt to gain law enforcement powers and remove a achilles heel from their bad policy.
The worse part goes beyond Firearm Laws. It a further example of the University’s reliance on inside legal council in giving direction to their appointed Chief of Campus Police. The result is that the Attorney General and District Attorney has surrendered their law enforcement powers to the University’s lawyers. If the UofU Police force or Chief refuse to obey an illegal order, they will be fired. That a minute to think about this. How does this apply to other Constitutionally Protected Rights?
What do you think? This is a large issue. I encourage you to pass these documents around. Please download them from my site. I’ve ensured that the quality has remained high on the new policy PDF.