During Wasatch County Council meeting on February 5th 2002, Councilmember Ron Crittenden explained that he had received several phone calls from residents asking about the possibility of Wasatch County becoming a Sanctuary County for the Second Amendment — meaning that the County won’t recognize or enforce some federal or state regulations that restrict a person’s right to keep and bear firearms. Several other Council members said they had also received phone calls from citizens.
About two weeks ago Uintah County voted unanimously to be come the first Second Amendment Sanctuary County in Utah. Over the past several years, we have heard a lot about Sanctuary Cities through out the nation that refuse to enforce immigration laws for the Department of Homeland Security.
Becoming a Sanctuary County, would deem it an “unlawful act,” including any tax, levy, fee or stamp imposed on a gun or gun accessories not applied to other goods; the registration or tracking of firearms and ammunition not associated with the point of sale; and any restrictions limiting magazine or clip capacity, bump stocks, suppressors and more.
Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby explained that Sheriff Todd Bonner and 27 other Sheriffs from Utah signed a letter to President Obama in January 2013 stating they will not enforce any new gun laws they believe to be unconstitutional. They went on to say "Make no mistake, as the duly-elected sheriffs of our respective counties, we will enforce the rights guaranteed to our citizens by the Constitution. No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights-in particular Amendment II-has given them."
It appeared that the council was hesitant to jump into this action without further research and tasked County Attorney Scott Sweat to look into what this would entail and report back at a further date. Councilmember Jeff Wade said he is interested but felt that if the County were to take this step it would need to be worded very carefully. Councilmember Ron Crittenden said he would like to do more research and would report back.