BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has once again compelled another city to roll back firearms regulations that run afoul of state law and the Constitution, this time in Park City, Utah.
“We’re delighted that officials in Park City unanimously approved repealing the conflicting regulations,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “If gun owners are expected to always comply with the letter of the law, so should government. In this case, the conflicts were pretty clear.”
As reported by the Park Record, the council acted this week on four City Hall regulations that were not in compliance with Utah state statute. These included a prohibition on the use and possession of firearms, the carrying of concealed weapons, carrying a loaded gun inside a vehicle or in a street or in a posted area where guns are prohibited, and a prohibition on someone drawing or showing a gun in “an angry or threatening manner,” which prevented displaying a firearm in self-defense without actually firing the gun.
“Our effort started in early July,” Gottlieb recalled. “SAF sent the city a letter detailing the problems with their existing regulations. Although it took the city almost five months to bring its ordinances into compliance, we’re glad this didn’t require further action.”
SAF had cautioned the city that failure to bring the code into compliance with state law put Park City at risk for a lawsuit. The gun rights organization has been advising other cities in several states about conflicts with the law, and in most cases, the municipal governments comply. It is part of an on-going program SAF launched three years ago to get rid of outdated ordinances and regulations that conflict with updated state laws and the respective state and federal constitutions.
“This project is part of our larger overall effort to win firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time,” Gottlieb said. “Fortunately, under this program, lawsuits haven’t been necessary and that’s the way it ought to be.”