Organization targets Utah cities with gun ordinances that conflict with state law

SALT LAKE CITY — From North Logan to Kanab, cities around the state have gotten letters from the 2nd Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington, and the group is hoping their efforts will lead to changes in laws regarding guns in those cities.

Forty nine cities got letters, each saying the city had ordinances on the books that went against state laws.

“We’ve been very successful. We have now gotten a hundred laws removed around the United States and in other states,” said Alan Gottlieb, Executive Director of the 2nd Amendment Foundation.

Gottlieb said cities in Utah have been more cooperative than cities in other states.

“We haven’t got anybody who has been negative to it whatsoever,” Gottlieb said.

Among Utah cities that have already changed their laws are Draper and West Point.

Draper altered their ordinance to allow guns in their amphitheater, so long as they are not brandished or discharged.

West Point changed a law banning guns from their city cemetery.

“We’ve never had any complaints about the ordinance prior to this,” said Kyle Laws, West Point City Manager, though Laws added he doesn’t expect many complaints from the new ordinance that prohibits firing or brandishing a gun in the cemetery.

Salt Lake City has not changed laws banning guns in city parks and in the airport, but their lawyer is reviewing the ordinances to see if they conflict with state laws.

The City of Murray has already reviewed their law banning guns in city parks and playgrounds. They expect to change them to conform with state law.

The 2nd Amendment Foundation provided a list of the Utah cities that received letters, see below for that list:

Draper
Ivins
Park City
Sandy
Utah County
West Point
West Valley
American Fork
Brigham
Bountiful
Cedar City
Delta
Duchesne
Eagle Mountain
Elk Ridge
Enoch
Filmore
Garden City
Grantsville
Herriman
Holladay
Hurricane
Hyrum
La Verkin
Levan
Moab
Murray
North Logan
North Salt Lake
Ogden
Pleasant View
Price
Provo
Richfield
Richmond
Salt Lake City
Santa Clara
South Ogden
South Salt Lake
Springdale
St. George
Summit County
Taylorsville
Washington City
Wendover
West Jordan
Woods Cross

5 comments

  • mosquito

    A law against shooting guns in cemeteries? Really? It was already illegal to shoot within city limits. Why does the government think that if people are ignoring existing laws then piling on a bunch more will somehow fix the problem?

    And were people in West Valley City really target practicing in cemeteries?

    As for “the airport” and “city parks”: You can’t carry in the secure area of the airport, but you CAN elsewhere. And you can carry in city parks regardless of what Salt Lake City says about it. I do both. Routinely. Have done so for 20 years. Number of people shot so far: Zero.

  • Ron Caster

    Good job 2nd you just made it impossible for a Vet to have a military burial with full honors No more 21 gun Salutes! Stupid A$$ people, You all should be ashamed of it.

    • C'MON MOSQUITO & RON

      Y’all are reading the article wrong.

      It states that they LIFTED the ban of firearms being discharged in cemeteries, not that they were putting one in place.

      And it’s in West POINT (Davis County)… not West Valley City (Salt Lake County)

      Y’all need to pull your heads out….

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