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Western Opinion Sampler: Gun bills and land grabs ...

Published March 25, 2013 4:13 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

— Veto on target: Herbert's veto should be upheld — Salt Lake Tribune EditorialAn act of common sense becomes an act of great courage when common sense is in short supply.Gov. Gary Herbert's decision to veto HB76, the bill that would have added Utah to a short list of states that allow people to carry concealed firearms without a permit, reflects the chief executive's oft-stated motto that things that aren't broken do not need to be fixed. But it also stands as an act of political courage coming, as it does, in a place and at a time when the paranoia of those who fear nothing so much as sensible restrictions on the use of firearms is so outspoken and powerful. ...

— Sen. Curt McKenzie wisely shoots down off-target bill — Idaho Statesman Editorial... The Nampa Republican, who chairs the Senate State Affairs Committee, put a stop to legislation that would have sheriffs and deputies thinking twice about cooperating with federal law-enforcement officials on major crimes. ...

— Concerns Over Gun Control Shouldn't Pit One Agency Against Another — Wendy J. Olson, United States Attorney, and Brian T. Underwood, United States Marshal, for the District of Idaho | For The Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News [This one doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've read the Statesman piece above.]

— Firearms on campus a bad, dangerous idea — Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle Editorial... The college years can be stressful, and all college campuses are a volatile mix of young people of various degrees of maturity dealing with the gamut of academic and emotional challenges – and that's without considering the use of alcohol and drugs common on college campuses. ...

— Should Montana university students be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus? — Helena (Mont.) Independent-Record poll [Says this unscientific poll: No]

— Lawmakers must revisit sensible gun safeguards — Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune EditorialSo far, the 2013 Legislature hasn't shown much interest in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerously unbalanced people. ...

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— Utah's real 'land grab' — Ty Markham | For The Salt Lake Tribune... We've all heard proponents say, "Utah can do a better job of managing those lands," or "It will benefit our kids through more funding for public education." But, frankly, if you believe those arguments I have some ocean front property in Utah to sell you. ...

— What's your rebellion worth? — Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune EditorialHow much is a rebellion worth? In the case of a prospective second Sagebrush Rebellion, we say it's not worth very much. It's certainly not worth $30,000, the total amount of public funds allocated by Wyoming lawmakers to study an old and beaten idea: The transfer of federal lands to state control. ...

— More Mexican gray wolves needed in wild — Arizona Republic Editorial