I'm about a week behind posting this, but over Labor Day weekend my wife, a couple friends and I spent a night at Jolley's Ranch Campground in Hobble Creek Canyon. I'm not usually one for cramp grounds on holiday weekends, but my we wanted to go camping and our wives insisted there be an actual restroom near by. Anyway, it was as crowded as I expected. I was OCing my Dan Wesson PM-7 when the lady managing the campground stopped by to ask my friend for some sort of proof of Springville Residency (I guess Springville residents get a discount), she looked over at me and immediately asked if that was a gun on my hip.
Me: I politely nodded and said "yes ma'am."
Her: We don't allow guns in the campground, or in any of the Canyon Parks for that matter.
Me: Oh, really. I though the parks were operated by the city.
Her: They are, but the city doesn't allow guns.
Me: I'm sorry I have to inform you that the city can't make that regulation. Utah's uniform firearm laws only allow the city to regulate discharge of firearms.
Her: Oh, really? Well, can you please just leave it in your car?
Me: if it would make you feel better I have a concealed firearm permit and can conceal it.
Her: No, never-mind. It's almost dark anyway. Just don't scare anybody.
Me: Thanks, and I think I will contact the city attorney about those signs.
Her: That's a good idea.
So the next morning as we leave we stop at the entrance to the camp ground and the sign does indeed say not firearms. We stop at the Jolley's Ranch Park entrance as well and it says the same thing. So as soon as I got home I checked the city website and the same restriction was listed there, son I drafted the letter to the city attorney below and sent it off.
I am a Springville City resident I recently spent an evening camping at
Jolley's Ranch with my family. While there I was very disappointed to
discover that the city has restricted the possession of firearms within
the Canyon Parks. I was under the impression that the Canyon Parks were
operated by Springville City. If this is the case then I believe the
city is in violation of Utah Code Title 53 Chapter 5a Section 102 which
contains Utah's uniform firearm laws. I have quoted the relevant section
of code below.
53-5a-102. Uniform firearm laws.
(1) The individual right to keep and bear arms being a
constitutionally protected right under Article I, Section 6 of the Utah
Constitution, the Legislature finds the need to provide uniform civil
and criminal firearm laws throughout the state.
(2) Except as specifically provided by state law, a local authority
or state entity may not:
(a) prohibit an individual from owning, possessing, purchasing,
selling, transferring, transporting, or keeping a firearm at the
individual's place of residence, property, business, or in any vehicle
lawfully in the individual's possession or lawfully under the
individual's control; or
(b) require an individual to have a permit or license to purchase,
own, possess, transport, or keep a firearm.
(3) In conjunction with Title 76, Chapter 10, Part 5, Weapons, this
section is uniformly applicable throughout this state and in all its
political subdivisions and municipalities.
(4) All authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state
except where the Legislature specifically delegates responsibility to
local authorities or state entities.
(5) Unless specifically authorized by the Legislature by statute, a
local authority or state entity may not enact, establish, or enforce any
ordinance, regulation, rule, or policy pertaining to firearms that in
any way inhibits or restricts the possession or use of firearms on
either public or private property.
(6) As used in this section:
(a) "firearm" has the same meaning as defined in Subsection
(b) "local authority or state entity" includes public school
districts, public schools, and state institutions of higher education.
(7) Nothing in this section restricts or expands private property
To summarize my understanding of this, it states that unless
specifically authorized by the Legislature a local authority (in this
case Springville City) may not enact, establish, or enforce any rule,
regulation, or policy which would restrict possession of firearms on
public property (meaning the Canyon Parks).
The city has the "no firearm" regulation clearly stated on the
Springville City website on the Canyon Parks page under General
Regulations, and printed on the signs at the entrance to the Jolley's
Ranch Park and the Jolley's Ranch Campground (I have photographs of
both). I have not checked signs at the other Canyon Parks, but would
assume they state the same restriction.
I would appreciate your urgent attention to this matter as I feel it is
a violation of my rights and the rights of all individuals who visit the
parks under Article I, Section 6 of the Utah Constitution and under the
Second Amendment to the US Constitution. If Springville City is in fact
in violation of Utah Code I would expect the website and all offending
signs to be corrected and all parks employees to be informed of the
Then this morning I received this response.
Thank you for your email. Your concerns are being addressed, and you
should see changes in the very near future.
Springville City Attorney
I checked their website immediately and found that the regulations prohibiting firearms had been changed to only prohibit the discharge. I will keep an eye on the signs at the park.