Cory Maloy

Republican Rep. Cory Maloy wants lawmakers to discuss whether the state of Utah can ignore any new federal gun restrictions.

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At least two states are considering legislation that would allow lawmakers to ignore federal laws or judicial rulings they feel violate the Second Amendment, which gives people the right to bear arms.

Utah lawmakers are considering a similar move as early as next year.

A bill introduced by Republicans in Ohio would declare any federal law, executive order, or court ruling to be “null and void” if it infringes on gun rights.

A similar law in Texas declares the state a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” blocking state agencies and local governments from enforcing new federal gun rules.

Rep. Cory Maloy, R-Lehi, tried to pass a law similar to the Texas bill during the 2021 Utah Legislature. He was unsuccessful, but lawmakers will study the issue during summer legislative meetings this year, with an eye on the 2022 lesgislative session that starts in January.

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