Join Date: Nov 2005
Update: more information has been released about SB 251.
Quoted below is an email I received today from the Utah Shooting Sports Council.
Guys, PLEASE call your representatives and senators, especially the senators named below.
Utah Shooting Sports Council URGENT ACTION ALERT February 4, 2007
-- Immediate action required- Contact Senate Rules Committee to OPPOSE SB 251
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
With the University of Utah threatening to resume their lawsuit in federal court, some Legislators are eager to give in to the University’s demand for authority to impose a campus gun ban. This will cover ALL of Utah’s state owned higher education facilities, not just the University of Utah!
Their previous ban (declared illegal by the Utah Supreme Court) applied only to University staff and students, but now they want to expand their control to ALL PERMIT HOLDERS who enter University property for any reason!
Existing laws cover violent criminal acts, threatening others with weapons, and restrict carrying concealed weapons by anyone but permit holders. The U’s President Young even admits this in his February 1, 2007 email, available at http://UtahShootingSports.com/ 07feb1.u.email.htm
Permit holders are all at least 21 years old, with a clean criminal record, are not drug addicts or mental cases, have had training, passed a FBI background check, and have their background checked again every single day! Permit holders are at least as law abiding as police officers and legislators, so they are not a threat to anyone at the Universities. It is absurd that the Universities, or the Legislature are discussing bans on permit holders!
Senator Greg Bell’s SB 251 (Higher Education- Concealed Firearm Restrictions) was finally released today. You can read the full text at http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/sbillint/sb0251.htm
This bill will allow Universities to make rules banning legally carried self defense guns from the office of a faculty or staff member. This could be twisted to apply to virtually any classroom, lab, locker room, janitorial closet, student aid office, library or other place on campus claimed to be an “office.” Theoretically, “reasonably proximate secure storage facilities” would be required, but that provision is wide open for abuse by having them several buildings away, if they bother to install them at all. It also will make known the identity of people who legally carry self defense weapons as they use these facilities. Criminals will never comply with such a requirement, just permit holders!
This bill will also allow rules that “allow residents to have only roommates who are not permit holders”. This can be an excuse to force permit holders into high priced singles, or exclude them from campus housing entirely. Imagine the outrage if they tried to exclude people based on race, religion or sexual orientation instead of being a law abiding permit holder!
ACTION REQUIRED- DO THIS NOW!!!
PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE RULES COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY BY PHONE, FAX OR EMAIL. (Please be polite and do not call after 9:00 PM)
Senator Bill Hickman, Chairman (Washington County) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Peter Knudson (Box Elder, Tooele, Cache County) email@example.com Home (435) 753-0043
Senator Chris Buttars (Salt Lake County) firstname.lastname@example.org Home (801)561-0535
Senator Gregory Bell (Davis County) email@example.com (cell) 801-971-2001
Senator Darin Peterson (central Utah counties) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Gene Davis (Salt Lake County) email@example.com Home (801) 484-9428
Senator Ed Mayne (Salt Lake County) firstname.lastname@example.org Home (801) 968-7756
Fax number for all Senators at the Capitol: 801-326-1475
Senate switchboard at the Capitol: 801-538-1035
SUGGESTED FAX/ PHONE MESSAGE/ EMAIL:
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Subject: OPPOSE SB 251 (Higher Education Concealed Firearms Restrictions)
Dear Senator ___________ [insert name]
I urge you to hold SB 251 (Higher Education Concealed Firearms Restrictions) in the Rules Committee.
1. This bill is a waste of the Legislature’s valuable time. It proposes unworkable solutions to non-existent problems! This does nothing to improve “campus safety.”
2. Contrary to the fears of some academics, permit holders have proven themselves to be law abiding, non-violent citizens. Laws are already on the books against violent crimes by them, or anyone else with a gun.
3. University offices neither need nor deserve more restrictions on permit holders than any other state office, many dealing with far more contentious issues than academic discussions. If there is a threat, it is not permit holders!
4. Implied threats from the University of Utah to resume federal lawsuits are reprehensible, and Legislators should not be intimidated by them.
5. Far from making campuses safer, this bill only disarms the good guys, making campuses more attractive to criminals.
6. If allowed to impose any restrictions at all, the Universities will manipulate their rules to create a de facto campus-wide ban on LEGALLY carried self defense weapons.
Please hold SB 251 in Rules, and use your valuable time on bills dealing with real problems and real solutions.
[your name here]
Last edited by Sambolijah; 02-07-2007 at 15:42..