Just read this load of tripe and I think you will agree it is nothing but trash. If I had more time today, before work, I would send off a letter refudiating its garbage and nonsensical message of hyperbole!
Here it is, from today's Tribune:
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Taking aim: Legislature should amend gun-permit law
Article Last Updated: 10/25/2007 11:55:25 PM MDT
Utah's concealed-weapon permits are like fast food for gun junkies. They're inexpensive, easy to obtain and very, very unhealthy - to Utahns, and the nation as a whole.
More than half of the permits issued in each of the past two years were sold to out-of-state residents, and no wonder. Utah permits sell for $65.25, less than the actual cost of processing the application. (Our legislators are so eager to arm the Earth that they've allowed Utah taxpayers to underwrite the cost.)
It's kind of like ordering from a Sears catalog - applicants don't even have to step foot in the state. They just fill out the form, cut a check and have a firearms safety instructor sign off on the application (some will let you watch a videotape in lieu of the mandated training course). Then they lick a stamp and wait by the mailbox for a permit that allows them to carry concealed firearms in 30 states that foolishly accept Utah permits as valid under reciprocity agreements.
But all is not well in Utah, the Armory State. The influx of out-of-state requests is swamping the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, which conducts criminal background checks and processes the applications.
Plus, lawmakers are caught in a contradiction. The liberal gun policy is a repudiation of another principle - states' rights - that our legislators say they hold dear. By putting concealed-carry permits in the hands of residents
of states with more restrictive gun laws, our lawmakers are usurping the rights of other states.
Worse, successful applicants can keep their permits for five years before another criminal background check is conducted at the time of renewal. Out-of-state permits are rarely revoked in the interim because, as BCI attorney Rick Wyss told the Legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee this week, "we have no information on (permit holders') activities."
The committee is studying the problem and drafting legislation to correct it. Forbidding the issuance of Utah permits to out-of-state residents would be a wise move. But don't count on it happening. If our gun-lovin' legislators (remember the pistol-packing posse of lawmakers on a summer field trip to Davis County?) were to vote to restrict firearms, well, it would be the shot heard 'round the world.