Utah to federal officers: Stop enforcing our laws
The latest flashpoint in Utah-federal relations is headed to court.
Utah recently enacted legislation barring federal officers — at risk of arrest — from trying to enforce traffic or common laws on national forest, federal range lands and national parks.
Now the state faces a challenge brought by the federal government — in federal court.
A federal judge slapped a temporary injunction on the law the day it was to take effect, May 13. State lawyers will try to get the injunction lifted at a hearing set for early Friday in Salt Lake City.
Utah claims the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have no right to enforce state or local laws.
Federal officials tell The Associated Press that traffic infractions, gun laws and hunting and fishing regulations are among the state and local laws they enforce on federal lands.
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