I’ll admit that I’m confused by Senator Jackson’s latest foray in the the primary mission of the 2011 Legislative session, job creation. While his SB 279, which would allow legislators and security staff to carry concealed weapons at the Capitol, will no doubt create jobs at the St. Peter’s emergency room and for ambulance personnel, it seems ideologically inconsistent with other bills being presented by the Marbut Caucus during this session.
Why does Jackson’s bill, which relies on a demonstrably false claim about the Utah Legislature, limit concealed weapons to just the legislators? After all, we learned yesterday in floor debate on Krayton Kerns’s gun bill that bars, schools and banks will all be safer with armed customers concealing their weapons, despite law enforcement and business objections. Shouldn’t the same logic apply to the Capitol? Should the citizen-customers be granted the same God-given rights to pack heat anywhere they damn well please as legislators?
I urge the Republicans in the House, consumed as they are with the important task of getting Montana back to work, to rectify this HUGE constitutional and moral oversight immediately.