Iron and San Juan Counties Send A Strong Message to the Federal Government

Ilaw-enforcementron County has drawn a firm line in the sand with the federal government by passing a county resolution that outlines clearly the county’s authority and jurisdiction.  It also makes it clear that the county will do what they have to do to protect the rights of their county residence.

The resolution says, in effect, any federal act, law rule or regulation that violates the rights of Iron County citizens is “invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by this county, is specifically rejected by this county, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect.”

It goes on to say any state and criminal law enforcement will be the jurisdiction of local law enforcement and “any attempt by federal agencies to administer police powers or attempt to enforce law within Iron County, outside the authority granted by the federal constitution and state law is invalid.”

Iron County Constitutional Jurisdiction Resolution by Tpetroglyph

Iron County’s resolution comes on the heels of San Juan County passing their resolution back on June 2, 2014.  The San Juan County resolution was passed to address the federal government’s encroachment on county roads, trails, and public lands which has threatened the safety and welfare of the citizens of San Juan County.   San Juan County’s resolution didn’t address how the county would enforce their resolution like Iron Counties does, but they did take a firm stance.

 The San Juan County Commission, on a 2 to 1 vote, approved a County Resolution asserting jurisdiction over, “the public right-of-way roads and trails in the county, including Recapture Trail and Indian Creek”  Both have been closed by the BLM for years with promises from the Federal agency to work with the County on a management plan to reopen them.  So far, no effort in working with county appears to have occurred.   The resolution points out that: “San Juan County desired to protect its valid right-of-way while, at the same time, protecting archaeological sites from damage or further damage.” By 

6-2-14 Recapture Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of San Juan County

The passing of these resolutions have truly been a defining moment in their struggle with the federal government, and environmental groups to protect the rights of their citizens.  It will be interesting to see how many other Utah County’s or even if the state will jump on board with these two counties in standing up against federal encroachment. the next few weeks or months.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. –  Declaration of Independence

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