Proposal would attempt to elevate state law over federal law.
Utah (David Montero-Salt Lake Tribune) – A controversial bill asserting the supremacy of Utah gun laws over the federal government passed the House on Friday — placing Utah among only a handful of states to get such a measure successfully through a legislative chamber.
Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove, asserted his Second Amendment Preservation Act isn’t a gun bill but is instead a states’ rights measure that looks to stave off what he sees as encroachment by the federal government on firearm laws.
“We don’t know what the federal government is going to do with sweeping gun regulations,” Greene said. “But we can look back and see what the history has been in terms of federal encroachment on state jurisdictions — even on the inalienable right of our citizens.”
The bill asserts that legal primacy on firearms and ammunition rests with the state, not the federal government.