By TAC Daily Updates on June 24, 2013
The Utah State house took a big step forward last session, passing a bill to nullify all federal gun control by a vote of 49-17. While the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB114) was a great start to reassert the role of the state in defending the right to keep and bear arms, the Senate played games behind the scenes and failed to vote on the bill before the legislative deadline. What was most lacking – beyond political courage in the Senate – was strong grassroots organization behind the bill well in advance. Last minute support was strong, but next time, Utah legislators need to be on notice for months in order to get this important legislation passed. With your work and dedication, liberty will win.
In order to take this to the next level and get a victory, your action is needed right now. Starting today, and all the way through the rest of the year, local governments around the state need to be pressed to take a similar action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms locally. And at the same time, calling on the state legislature to do the same. When the state is blanketed with local communities willing to nullify violations of the 2nd Amendment, the state legislature will be on notice. Do your job, or else.
It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out. Here’s what you can start doing right now.
1. Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town – and urge them to introduce an ordinance in support of the Second Amendment.
local ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/
2. Become a local leader. If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to not only act on your own, but to organize and lead others to help support these efforts.
contact us here and let us know: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/volunteer
3. Join Second Amendment Preservation Group for Utah on Facebook. This groups is where grassroots activists can coordinate, task, and activate their communities to stop federal infringements. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2ndAmendmentUtah/
4. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
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While the state legislature failed to interpose this year, that doesn’t end the fight – in fact, things have just gotten underway. You can still take action to stop violations of the Second Amendment in Utah. Government bodies at the local level can step into the fray. Counties and cities can refuse to assist any federal attempts enforce federal gun laws in their jurisdictions.
These measures will not only provide practical protections for citizens, they will send a strong message and put the pressure on lawmakers to nullify unconstitutional federal gun laws at the state level in the next legislative session. And if enough localities throw roadblocks in the way of these unconstitutional acts, it will make them “nearly impossible to enforce” as Judge Napolitano has said.
Local governments won’t act without citizen input and grassroots pressure. The good news is a few dedicated individuals can make a difference at the local level.