States Vow To Nullify Federal Gun Laws
February 19, 2014 6:21am PST
The Tenth Amendment was created to ensure that the government closest to the people has the proper authority to effectively govern them and to limit the powers of the federal government in order to prevent too much power from being concentrated with one group of people. This is exactly why there are multiple states that are starting to push back against the federal government and nullify the draconian gun control laws its forced upon the states.
Last Tuesday Missouri took steps to nullify the very laws that are in opposition to the Tenth Amendment with a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Nieves. If enacted, Nieves said that his legislation would preserve the Second Amendment rights of the people within his state, saying “This is primarily purposed to protect liberties of Missourians.”
His bill targets the federal laws that are designed to restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition within the state since he believes, and rightfully so, that such laws are out of the scope of power for the federal government.
The bill states that while many states “respect the role of the federal government they reject the proposition that such respect requires complete submission,” and that “it is the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
He aims to impose restrictions on federal agents when it comes to their ability to enforce federal laws by imposing civil and criminal penalties for any knowing attempts to enforce federal gun laws. It also strips the authority of public officials to enforce any other laws declared invalid by the act.
The text of the bill states that;
“Any person who acts under the color of law to deprive a Missouri citizen of rights or privileges ensured by the federal and state constitutions shall be liable for redress. In such an action attorney’s fees and costs may be awarded, and official or qualified immunity shall not be available to the defendant as a defense.”
Arizona is jumping in to the fight as well, according to the Tenth Amendment Center;
Along with twelve sponsors and co-sponsors, Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”
“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”
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