Seeing the handwriting on the wall from what's been happening in other states, Republicans in the Utah House took a rare move Tuesday and voted in House Joint Resolution 7 to point out to Democrats that no gun control measures had any chance at all of passing in the state anytime soon and to warn them to not even try.
The resolution is straightforward and does an effective job at pointing out the obvious; Utah's legislature is one of the reddest in the country and has zero chance of passing any gun control measures this year or next. Its crime rate is spectacularly low and its citizens enjoy gun rights that most states can only dream about.
Sponsored by House Rep. A. Cory Maloy and State Senator Jacob L. Anderegg, HJR7 begins simply with, "This resolution recognizes that the best manner to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms is to enforce the laws already found in the Utah Code."
It continues, "This resolution:
- provides an overview of weapons restrictions laws found in the Utah Code, and
- recognizes that the best manner to protect the vulnerable without infringing on the right of the people to bear arms is to enforce the laws already found in the Utah Code."
It then reads out a laundry list of restrictions already on the books as an effective means of pointing out that no more would be needed.
HJR7 has a total of 28 Republican cosponsors, for a total of 30. This is nearly twice as many as the Democrats even have seated in the entire Utah House of Representatives — clearly making the point that any new attempt at gun control is guaranteed to fail.