Utah AG Reyes Denounces 9th Circuit’s Ruling Against Second Amendment

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes | Composite image, St. George News

 SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes in a statement Friday said he disagreed with Thursday’s decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which effectively removes any limitations on state legislatures from restricting Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution to carry a concealed weapon.

 “With this ruling, the Ninth Circuit further undermines a bedrock constitutional right,” Reyes said. “By holding that the Second Amendment in no way guarantees a law-abiding individual’s right to carry a concealed weapon in public, the court effectively grants state legislatures in the Ninth Circuit unlimited power to impose whatever regulation—no matter how onerous or irrational—on the exercise of a critical constitutional right.

 Reyes said there is a justification for withholding the right to own guns from certain segments of society.

 “No one claims these rights should be entirely free from governmental restriction. For example, we justifiably prohibit violent felons from owning guns.  But to allow a scheme preventing law abiding citizens from protecting themselves outside the home is wrong and unconstitutional. It is why Utah joined 20 other states last year in opposing these drastic deprivations of a fundamental right.

“We must stand up for Second Amendment rights and the power of families to protect themselves. Law abiding citizens deserve the choice to keep themselves, their families and businesses safe and, importantly, must also accept the responsibility commensurate with those rights.”

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has created a link to the case because of the high level of public interest in its decision.

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  • laytonian June 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Perhaps AG Reyes AND THIS “NEWSPAPER” should learn more about the Second Amendment AND what the most right-wing SCOTUS judge (Scalia) said about “frighting”. Yes.
    Scalia would have agreed with the Ninth Circuit in this case and he said so publicly many times.

    You know how to use the interwebs. Get to work. “Frighting” is not a typo.

  • Henry June 11, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Readers – please take Laytonian’s advice and research this. You’ll see that he is playing very loosely with the facts and putting a progressive left-wing spin on the issue. Namely, claiming that Justice Scalia agreed with the 9th Circuit on gun control is laughable. Scalia supported common sense restrictions like not allowing gun ownership by the mentally ill or convicted felons. The 9th Circuit ruling excludes gun ownership by all but a very small group of people (i.e., celebrities, security details, couriers for banks and jewelry stores).

  • Allie June 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I’m curious. Just when did people stop carrying guns and why? Back in the second half of the 1800’s and the beginning of the 1900’s in the west people carried guns. Were there laws passed that said guns could not be carried by individuals? Were the individuals upset they could no longer carry a gun? Did they complain about their 2nd amendment rights? I know the answer to these questions, just wondering if anyone else has considered them?

  • Curtis June 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Is Reyes up for reelection by any chance?

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