Utah County declares itself a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

Provo • Utah County government has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary that supports the right to keep and bear arms.

The declaration states that public funds would not be used to unlawfully restrict the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, the Daily Herald reported. The Utah County Commission passed the resolution Wednesday.

The resolution also states the commission intends to oppose any efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights.

County Commissioner Nathan Ivie proposed the resolution, citing wheat he called cultural shifts in the country and gun control measures he believes rob citizens of their rights.

"And that cultural shift has been to look to government to keep us safe, to look outside of our own capacities, and in so doing to rob honest, good, reputable people of their rights," Ivie said. "I think it's time that we take a stand in this county."

Gun restrictions help keep firearms out of the wrong hands and are necessary for keeping people safe, said members of the Utah chapter of March for Our Lives, a group founded after the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The resolution would have no legal bearing or impact on how gun laws are enforced in the county, commissioners said.

Uintah County also voted to become a Second Amendment sanctuary in January.