This group was started by Utah legislators Carl Wimmer, Ken Sumsion, Steve Sandstrom, Keith Grover and Chris Herrod. The Patrick Henry Caucus has caught on with other legislators nationwide, and other states are now working to form their own Patrick Henry caucus.
These Utah legislators are interested in passing legislation to assert States Rights/Tenth Amendment Rights. They are asserting that Congress and the Feds have stepped over the bounds of the US Constitution regarding their powers. They further claim that the powers that rightfully belong to the sovereign states are being, and have been, usurped in many areas from education to gun control, transportation and land use; issues that should be decided upon by each state in their own legislature and not by the Federal government.
Rep. Wimmer is trying to get gun legislation passed in Utah similar to that of Montana:
“‘We are going to stand up and assert our rights, if you will let us please do so, federal government,’” said Wimmer. “A bill is an actual state law that will put into place the fact that if a firearm is manufactured in Utah, sold in Utah and kept within the boundaries of Utah, that firearm will be exempt from federal regulation under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution.”
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The Patrick Henry Caucus is
dedicated to the ideals established by our Founding Fathers as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. The Caucus believes the Constitution is an inspired document and should be adhered to strictly as the Founders intended. We consider the Bill of Rights to be the absolute guarantor of the freedoms specified. The Caucus especially emphasizes the tenth amendment. We affirm that the federal government may exercise only those rights and powers that are specifically granted unto it by the Constitution and no others. We reassert the sovereignty and rights of the individual states. As legislators who adhere to these ideals, we unite as The Patrick Henry Caucus, to take like-minded legislative action to this end.
The Patrick Henry Coalition invites citizens to join with legislators to acheive their goals.
We, the Patrick Henry Caucus, unite to sustain the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. We pledge to support and uphold the principles embodied therein. Whereas the federal government has usurped powers beyond those delegated to it by the Constitution, we reclaim the Constitutionally protected rights of the States, and reject the position that States' sovereignty must be subordinate to the federal government.
To restore and uphold the sovereignty and rights of the individual States as guaranteed by the tenth amendment of the United States Constitution, which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."