Acting in defense against aggression is yet another one of our most basic rights. It’s nice to be able to defend oneself, and it’s also nice to be able to call upon professionals for assistance—but it’s sad when those hired servants decide to become our self-appointed masters, and prohibit us from doing it ourselves. But, thankfully, all U. S. public officers have sworn a solemn oath-of-office to uphold the U. S. Constitution, whose Second Amendment explicitly protects our right to bear arms, including in self-defense.
Sadly, though, Provo’s politicians have chosen to ignore their solemn oath-of-office by restricting non-police firearm usage to recreation only—either at police-approved shooting ranges or at mayor-approved hunting grounds—while prohibiting any discharge of firearms whatsoever in self-defense. (See Provo City Code, Title 9, Chapter 9.03.) This means that ONLY police officers are supposedly allowed to defend Provoans from criminals—and, according to the U. S. Supreme Court, they are not legally obligated to defend anyone at all.
So, in short, when seconds count, Provo’s police are only minutes away, they might not bother to come at all, and they might even prosecute you for defending yourself in their absence. It shouldn’t be up to police officers who gets defended and who gets allowed to die. This must change—this city ordinance must be brought into conformity with the U. S. Constitution and, better yet, with our basic right to defend ourselves from others’ aggression.
While discharging firearms in self-defense remains illegal under Provo city code, it appears that merely bearing arms (without discharging them) for the purpose of scaring away suspicious trespassers can also be treated as a felonious act here in Provo. Provo resident Ray Keller did this in 2015, which resulted in him being prosecuted, his gun being seized, and the possibility that the state would never permit him to own guns again. Thankfully, Ray was ultimately acquitted, but such dangers remain.
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- The Founders’ Constitution: Amendment II
- Code Publishing Company: Provo City 09.03
- Wikipedia: “Warren v. District of Columbia”
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