By Michael Waddoups
Utah State Senator, District 6
The Utah Supreme Court affirmed today, that the University of Utah and all other state agencies need to comply with state law, even laws with which they disagree. It was a good call.
From the Court's decision
". . . the Attorney General maintains that the University has no power or autonomy under the constitution that would permit it to disregard state law. We agree with the Attorney General. Indeed, the University’s claim is unsupported by the text of our state’s constitution, its historical context, or the prior decisions of this court."
I believe that students and employees at the U of U will be safer because of this ruling, in that those who need to be able to carry legally will not be restricted. Although we don't advocate everyone in society carrying a weapon, those who have submitted to the BCI permitting process add to the security of our neighborhoods and our society.
Perhaps more importantly, this ruling sends a clear message to those who would circumvent the workshop by which our laws are crafted. Our Constitution sets up the democratic process whereby our people are governed and it does not include a state agency dreaming up their own laws.
I commend Mark Shurtleff, Ray Hintze, and Brent Burnett at the AG's office for arguing this case, and I appreciate Justice Parrish for enunciating the Court's opinion so well.
I commend the Utah Supreme Court for upholding the law.