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Posted: 8/26/2001 1:54:17 PM EDT
Los Angeles Times: Citizens Check Guns for Cheney Talk http://latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-cheney-utah0825aug25.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dnation%2Dheadlines Citizens Check Guns for Cheney Talk By PATTY HENETZ Associated Press Writer August 25 2001 SANDY, Utah -- Bowing to Secret Service requests, Utah Republicans checked their weapons at the door Saturday to listen to Vice President Dick Cheney tout the administration's plans for missile defense and increased military spending. Two knives, 25 guns and ammunition clips, brought to a state party convention by Utah residents with concealed weapon permits, were stored in lockers outside the hall. Gun owners had complained following Secret Service suggestions that people licensed to carry concealed weapons leave them in their cars while the vice president addressed the convention. The Utah Gun Owners Alliance urged members to picket the convention with signs including "GOP Doesn't Mean Gun Owners Prohibited." Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff paid for the lockers out of campaign funds as a way to defuse the controversy. During his 15-minute speech, Cheney described the Bush administration's positions on education, energy, Social Security and military reform. "National security begins with a military that is well-paid, well-housed and well-treated and is led by a commander in chief they can respect," Cheney said to loud applause. Cheney promised that the administration would work to pass a patients bill of rights and work for education and Social Security reform. He also praised Bush's energy policy proposals, saying the administration would work to increase energy efficiency and conservation as well as to develop new energy sources. After Cheney's speech, Bill Clayton retrieved his weapon and headed back inside. "I wasn't concerned about being in the building, because there's plenty of security in there," Clayton said as he reloaded his .45-caliber revolver and stuck it into a hip pack. "It's just traveling to and from." David Root, of Providence, said he always carries the 9mm handgun he checked before the speech. "I'm an asset to the community. I feel that if I have the permit, I should carry. Criminal behavior is kept in check if they fear an armed, law-abiding populace," Root said. Copyright 2001 Associated Press
Link Posted: 8/26/2001 2:08:55 PM EDT
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