In the Park City case, the city had adopted local laws in direct violation of the second amendment and Utah state preemption law.
The city law prohibited all use and possession of firearms; all carrying of concealed weapons; carrying of loaded guns inside a vehicle; showing a gun in an angry or threatening manner (no exceptions for justified use of force); and using a gun in a fight.
A city hall attorney, Tricia Lake, was clear about the illegality of the city's law. From parkrecord.com:
" Had the City Council not repealed the sections, the restrictions "would amount to unlawfully restricting an individual's rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution . . . " as well as rights outlined in the Utah Constitution, the report said.The council members were not happy about being required to obey the Constitution.
City Councilor Liza Simpson said it was "simply irritating." Simpson said she would not be the City Councilor who made the motion to approve the repeal.They reluctantly repealed the illegal gun laws on 25 November of 2014. The council members seem quite willing to create law for others to obey.
"Do we have to," Cindy Matsumoto, another member of the City Council, said.
These seem like unusual positions for a rural Utah town of 8,000 people. Perhaps a reader can comment on the local politics.
Park City received the letter from SAF in July of this year. It was signed by Alan Gottlieb.
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