SOURCE: Stephen Sandstrom for U.S. Congress

Stephen Sandstrom for U.S. Congress

March 09, 2012 14:07 ET

Productive & Patriotic 2012 Legislative Session for U.S. Congressional Candidate Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom

Rep. Sandstrom' s Multi-Issue Legislative Focus Continues With the Passage of Four Bills Including Enhanced Protection of 2nd Amendment Rights, Prevention of Online Gambling, Tax Exemptions for Military & Pledge of Allegiance Requirement in Utah Schools

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - Mar 9, 2012) - U.S. Congressional candidate Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom ended the Utah legislative session yesterday on a high note with four key legislative wins, making his 2012 public service commitment to Utah constituents both productive and patriotic.

The four bills passed include: HB395 Firearms Amendment, which addresses the lack of constitutional due process that currently impacts lawful gun owners in Utah; HB108 Internet Gambling that prevents online gambling and eliminates the threat of Indian casino's coming to Utah; HJR012/ SJR008, Joint Resolution on Property Tax Exemption for Military Personnel, which Rep. Sandstrom jointly sponsored with Utah Senator Luz Robles; and SB223 Pledge of Allegiance Amendments, a bill that is expected to foster American patriotism in Utah schools. Rep. Sandstrom also passed additional legislation dealing with education and healthcare.

House Bill 395 amends provisions of Utah's firearm laws, adding due process for those charged but not convicted of a crime. The bill also makes it a second degree felony if a person knowingly sells or transfers a firearm to someone they know is restricted by law such as a gang member or drug dealer. The regional director of the National Rifle Association (NRA) stated that this is one of the most significant, pro-2nd Amendment fireman provisions to pass out of legislature in the last 15 years.

"HB395 was a constitutional win for lawful gun owners in Utah," said Rep. Sandstrom. "The concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' had significant influence in moving this bill to the Governor's desk.

"Utahns understand that today we need less federal government meddling and more state sovereignty. They also understand that small businesses, not online slot machines are the foundation of America's economy and the only way we will beat back today's recession."

Rep. Sandstrom added, "I am pleased Utahns chose to support our military by reducing their tax burdens. These brave men and women put their lives on the line for us each day, this is the least we can do for them especially as the Obama administration strips back the military budget to skeletal levels."

All four bills are currently on Governor Herbert's desk for review before being signed into law.

About Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom
U.S. Congressional candidate Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom favors small government, strong education, and states' rights. A lifelong resident of Utah, Sandstrom graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science. He believes in promoting growth through lower taxes, which allow hard-working Utah citizens and Americans to retain their hard-earned savings. Sandstrom is well-known in the community as an honest, classic Reagan conservative. His life experience as a former United States Marine, small business owner, local and state public servant, and a steadfast family man uniquely qualify him to represent the constituents of the 4th District. For more background information, go to Stephen Sandstrom for U.S. Congress.

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