I'm liking Gov. Herbert more and more, especially when compared to his RINO predecessor. Herbert just recently signed a bill concerning guns and ammunition manufactured in Utah. The bill would exempt those guns and ammunition manufactured and sold in Utah from federal firearms regulations.
From the Deseret News:
SALT LAKE CITY — The first of more than a dozen bills aimed at asserting Utah's sovereign rights received Gov. Gary Herbert's signature Friday with assurance that he can keep the state out of costly litigation that may follow.
The statute created by SB11 (le.utah.gov/~2010/htmdoc/sbillhtm/SB0011.htm), sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, exempts guns and ammunition manufactured and sold in Utah from federal firearms regulations and challenges current constitutional interpretation of interstate commerce.
Herbert, who received the bill last Tuesday, said the decision came after careful review of the potential fallout from the controversial legislation.
"There are times when the state needs to push back against continued encroachment from the federal government. Sending the message that we will stand up for a proper balance between the state and federal government is a good thing," he said. "But in these challenging economic times, when Utah families continue to struggle and our Legislature must account for every dollar it spends, we must also be thoughtful about the cost of that message."
Making the bill law likely moves the state into direct conflict with federal law, and a legal review by legislative attorneys warned that Dayton's proposal would likely be found unconstitutional.
Read the rest here.