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Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, at the state Capitol in Salt Lake City in January 2021. She's in favor of Second Amendment Santuary status for Utah.

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Lawmakers will meet Wednesday in special session, primarily so they can accept more than $1.5 billion in federal coronavirus relief money.

But a gun rights issue may sneak onto the agenda.

Legislative sources tell The Tribune that there is significant lobbying to persuade Gov. Spencer Cox to include a bill declaring Utah a “Second Amendment sanctuary” on the agenda for next week.

The idea would allow the state to ignore new federal laws or regulations on firearms that lawmakers believe violate the Second Amendment, which affords people the right to bear arms. It could extend to judicial rulings or executive actions by the White House.

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