In the town of Spanish Fork Utah, proponents of the Second Amendment have organized a “one of a kind” race where the runners are encouraged to participate in the race “Armed”. No, it’s not some crazy run where you are shooting at moving targets while running down the street. This race is all about awareness. The entire premise of the run is to educate/celebrate Utah’s right to keep and bear. This event is the first of it’s kind in Utah. Dubbed the “Run For Guns”, the race is a 5K scheduled to be held on September 21st, 2013. Runners are able to bring and carry their legally owned firearm to celebrate the States open carry laws. Utah is unique in the fact that there is not a law requiring a permit to carry a pistol. The uniqueness of the law stipulates that if carried, the pistol must be two actions away from being ready to fire. For a revolver, obviously you would need to carry your cartridges in a speed loader. This would mean revolvers would take more time to arm than traditional semi-automatic pistols. With the semi, you could have your pistol magazine loaded, with the two required steps being to cycle the slide, then disengaging the safety.
Event planners plan to donate the proceeds of the event to a local charity that aids the victims of gun violence in the state. Those of you who think that this type of charitable support is a contradiction, we believe it speaks volumes to the character of these Americans. Responsible gun ownership is what the event is all about. While there are always going to be those who stand against movements like the first annual “Run for Guns”, those of us who understand the importance of keeping our law abiding citizens armed think it’s an event that other states should look to for inspiration. The Second Amendment to the Constitution must be preserved. Events like this Utah Armed Race may sound a little different, it will draw the type of attention and support of law abiding citizens from all over this great country. We at GRFA tip our hats to the good citizens of Utah. There is no doubt that the race will be a super success, and will inevitably lead to an annual event that will grow exponentially every year.