I have two major issues with this bill and I am hoping that it is either changed or dies on the floor.
First off Lines 73-74 states:
(d) (i) If a person granted a permit under this part has been charged with a crime of violence in any state, the division shall suspend the permit.
This wording is currently on the law books we need to use this bill to correct this mistake. Here is the problem with this pretty simple looking provision. This states that if a person is CHARGED. The last I knew we were innocent until proven guilty in this country. I have contacted representative Curtis Oda who is sponsoring the bill to ask that he please correct this language.
This is a huge worry to me and exactly the kind of thing I have been speaking of. This looked like a completely harmless provision. However, just think you do something to protect yourself or your family and the state brings charges against you. You will lose your ability to carry a firearm for self protection until you are proven innocent.
Wait doesn't that sound wrong proven innocent. This is why we need a powerful and Non-Compromising lobbyist group to make sure these things do not continue to sneak their way into our law books. This needs to be removed this session. We do not have much time left. If you want to know how to help send me an email and I will update you tomorrow on what we should do next.
Second, this bill wants to adds more provisions to make the process of becoming an instructor even more convoluted. Instructors will now need to purchase an official seal to stamp on certificates? This is ridiculous we are not notaries we are firearm instructors. I hope I can also get Representative Oda to remove this and any other parts making the process more complicated or expensive. BCI has wasted enough money already on our state backgound check system.
I am against Concealed Weapon Permits in the first place. The second amendment of the Constitution does not say I need a permit. That being said, I am a huge advocate of training. I take classes any chance I get and I own a firearm training business. However, I do not believe in compromising on legislation so that it benefits my company. There is a heck of a lot more at stake here.
With the formation of the Utah Firearms Association (UFA) I have decided to start arranging monthly concealed weapons permit class in each of the three main valleys at no cost to the general public. The reason for this is the more concealed weapons permits the larger our group becomes.
If people want to make a donation to the association for the class that is great. As a member of the association members will also have many opportunities to sign up for other firearms classes that will be free for them to attend. As well as special material from local pro gun authors that you can not get for free anywhere else. We will be adding great new benefits all the time.
I am not doing any of this for the money obviously. I am doing it to build a powerful and well funded association that can truly uphold a No-Compromise attitude when it comes to gun rights and make a difference in this state. I don't want to be well known or powerful. I want UFA as a whole to be well known, and its membership heard clearly on capital hill.
We have compromised enough in this state. Legislators feel that it is a game of give and take. That is not the case. Our future membership will support the candidates that support our rights. That is the trade. We have had it so easy in this state that we have gotten too comfortable.
We trust that those who have supported our stance in the past always will. This is just not the case. Please take a stand now and decide enough is enough. It is no longer time just to protect our current rights, it is about getting those rights back that have been taken from us.
Please send me an email if you would be interested in joining the association. Once I have the web page and membership sign up going I will let everyone know. You can become a member by donating a minimum of $1.00 to the association.
The idea is to leave no one out. If that is all you can afford then that is great. If you can afford more to help UFA fight for your rights that will be great. No matter how much you can contribute the important thing is that you join.