I received an answer to my email from Rep. Lynn Hemingway
In all honesty, I expected this response. After all, he is a dem and I live in SLC-
First, my email
Hello Rep. Hemingway,
My name is ---------------. I am a sergeant in the Utah Army National Guard, full time student at the University of Utah and I live within your congressional district. Below is a link to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune about secretive illegal policies regarding 2nd Amendment rights at the University of Utah.
(The link to the article. I've removed it from this post because its unnecessary)
Utah state law bans the regulation of firearms by any state funded entity other than the state legislature. As a public funded university, the University of Utah cannot make and enforce policy regulating the legal and lawful carry of a firearm, whether it be concealed or open, by a person who either has or does not have a concealed weapons permit. So how can Pres. Young of the U make and enforce his own policies despite what the people of Utah have said through their lawful representatives? If he is willing to disregard state law in this area, what other laws will he disregard in order to carry forth his own agenda in the future? What other rights will he and the University of Utah violate in the future? I recognize the concerns of people who are uneasy about the lawful carry of firearms on university campuses. But law abiding citizens who have follow the law should not be feared. Personally, I don't want to be a victim in a similar shooting like the Virginia Tech killings in 2007 where 32 students were gunned down in a "gun free zone." And to those who think that a shooting won't happen at the U or on any Utah campus, look at reality- it happened at Trolley Square.
If you don't mind, Congressman, I have a few questions for you-
1. What is your reaction to the above article?
2. Do you think university campus policy trumps state law?
3. What do you intend to do to address this issue in the upcoming legislative session?
My reaction to the article is that there is no real need for anyone to carry a weapon that is not concealed.
I don't think that university policy should trump state law. I think that people who insist on carrying weapons to the University should have the courtesy to keep them concealed. I have talked with students at the U. that are frightened by people who don't have the decency to put their weapon away and appear to be a threat to the student safety.
To address the issue I intend to oppose any legislation that would further inhibit the University from banning guns on campus. I have no problem with people owning fire arms but there is a time and place for everything. We as a State have gone way to far protecting the rights of people to openly carry while endangering the general population.
Thanks for your inquiry, I hope I answered all your questions.
First of all, I realize that I got wrong bits of the law regarding open carry on campus. I thought one could legaly do it without a permit. But he seems to not have noticed that part anyways and gave the typical company line from the democratic party on guns. I'm more than half-tempted to open carry at the U when I go to buy my textbooks either today or tomorrow. (I have a CFP)
The middle way is no way at all. If we finally fail in this great and glorious contest, it will be by bewildering ourselves in groping for the middle way.