Utah Gun Rights Activists Organize 5K Race – With Firearms!

Written by Kumar Ramanathan

In the town of Spanish Fork, Utah, gun rights activists are organizing a “Run 4 Guns” 5K race. To be held on September 21, the race invites participants to carry their firearms openly.

Participants are encouraged to bring any firearms they legally own to celebrate the state’s open carry laws. Under Utah law, open carry of assault rifles and shotguns is legal with a permit, and handguns may be carried openly without a license as long as they are two actions away from being fired. Participants may bring ammunition to the race as long as their firearms are holstered or the ammunition is in unattached magazines.

Organizers are touting the event as the country’s first “open carry run,” and are encouraging other communities to organize similar events. A commercial for the event asks participants to “stand boldly with those who believe in liberty, show responsibility, and give back” and ends dramatically with shots being fired at the screen.

In addition to a 3.1 mile race, there will also be a half-mile “armed dash.” According to the event’s website, its goal is “the preservation of the 2nd Amendment” and to call for “the protection and expansion of the right to responsible gun ownership.” Organizer Macgregor Whiting told the Salt Lake City Weekly that they hope to donate proceeds from the event to a charity that supports gun victims in Utah, but are still searching for one that is not an “anti-gun” organization.

Utah does not require background checks for gun sales between unlicensed individuals, licenses for gun owners, or impose any waiting period for a gun purchase.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.


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James Holland
Elizabeth Keenan2 years ago

Robby, the NRA invests heavily in gun manufacturing companies. So for them, the more people carrying guns, the more money they make. It is always about the money.

You really need to spend more time on "the google".

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener2 years ago

... only in the US...

Victoria P.
Victoria P.2 years ago

Guns and running! What could go wrong? At least there won't be any alcohol.

Marian A.
Marian A.2 years ago


Steve A.
Steve A.2 years ago

While I'm not sure that carrying a gun in a race is a good idea, (it's a weight penalty for one thing) in a country where it seems that the main reason for owning a gun is to protect yourself from someone else with a gun, then the open carry idea is actually a good idea.

It should be illegal NOT to have a hidden weapon. Anyone who hides it has to have a 'bad' reason to do so. And anyone who is carrying can be easily seen if guns scare you.

It actually seems like a sensible idea if you can't get rid of them, make sure they can be seen.

Ron G.
Ron A G.2 years ago

Sounds like a silly idea to me. How does anybody control, or know for sure, who started the race? If the second place runner wants to win badly enough, or caught the leader cheating, can he/she shoot him/her before they cross the finish line? Can someone rob someone and disappear in the crowd dressed as a runner? Oh you gun people leave so much to the imagination.

Robby K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Cathleen- so you hope someone gets killed? Honestly? Not that even a loaded gun can even be fired unless it's CHAMBERED, but then that doesn't mean someone couldn't violate the rules. But there again, the rules say there need to be at least 2 actions from being fired- like holstered & NOT chambered, etc. You know, I have a problem w/republicans & their complete anti-abortion BS, but then I certainly don't advocate the death of any of them for their opinions. the only people who deserve death (IMO) are those who display intentional, unapologetic violence, rape, torture (both human & non-human animals) etc.... But that's just me...

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

Given what we know about 'responsible gun owners', several of these people will shoot themselves, or one another, at this event, hopefully fatally.

Geoff P.
Past Member 2 years ago

A really good idea

Robby K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Why r people bringing the NRA into this? They're not even mentioned anywhere in the article.. and someone said some BS about no background checks, etc. The last sentence in the article is just silly, They have background checks to buy new guns. BG checks to buy from individuals aren't required anywhere that I know of. That'd be like saying one couldn't leave his gun to his family members w/out licensing... Pretty silly. But then this whole article is. It's just not a big deal..