Another State Trying To Reject Federal Gun Control Laws

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2020 is shaping up to be a year in which gun control is a major political issue. First, with all of the nonsense in traditionally pro-gun Virginia. Then, with the current front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Joe Biden, saying that he wants Beto “hell, yes, we’ll take you’re AR-15s” O’Rourke to be his gun czar.

And, now, on the flip side, we have yet another state which is seeking to completely nullify Federal gun control laws. Mike Maharrey writes about this nullification development:

Today, the Wyoming House passed a bill that takes a step toward protecting the right to keep and bear arms from federal gun control.

A coalition of 13 Republicans introduced House Bill 118 (HB118) on Feb. 7. Titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the legislation would ban any “public servant” of the state and its political subdivisions, from enforcing any future federal “acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, or regulations statute or ordinance” that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms and which is being litigated by the Wyoming attorney general on behalf of the citizens of Wyoming.

In effect, should the federal government implement any new gun control measure, the law would trigger an immediate ban on the enforcement of those measures by the state of Wyoming.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill earlier this week by a vote of 7-2. Today, the full House passed it by a vote of 49-9.

The bill includes a detailed definition of actions that qualify as “infringement,” and that they “shall be objected to and litigated against by the Wyoming attorney general on behalf of the citizens of Wyoming.” This includes, but is not limited to:

– taxes and fees on firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition that would have a chilling effect on firearms ownership enacted after July 1, 2020;

– registration and tracking schemes applied to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition that would have a chilling effect enacted after July 1, 2020;

– any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens enacted after July 1, 2020;

– any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.

The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states and localities can nullify many federal actions in effect. As noted by the National Governors’ Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”

Based on James Madison’s advice for states and individuals in Federalist #46, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” represents an extremely effective method to bring down federal gun control measures because most enforcement actions rely on help, support and leadership from state and local governments.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed. In a televised discussion on the issue, he noted that a single state taking this step would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible” to enforce.

So, yes, now we have another state getting on the nullification wagon and, basically, giving the finger to Federal gun control attempts. As more and more states vote to prevent enforcement of Federal gun control laws, it will become less and less important who in Washington wants to ban guns because they won’t be able to get anything done with the law.

Which is a beautiful thing.

31 COMMENTS

  1. I’m sure Mini Mike Bloomberg will be visiting Wyoming in the near future. Let’s see if this holds up after he drops a few Million in the State’s coffers.

  2. Congratulations To All Those who voted this 2nd amendment back where it belongs in the hands of ALL those in the state of Wyoming, and hopefully all those in America. This is a very big step forward for all those who believe in and run their lives within the scope of the 2nd Amendment. Now it’s time for ALL STATES to pass this same law and put this issue aside once and for all.

  3. This is great an all!!!!. But the problem is that some of people in the federal government they care about are right, or the Oath they took to Protect those right!!!!. they have no problem with stepping on Constitution like its shit under their shoes and that makes them danger,s for are Country!!!!. We the People should work on removing these type,s from Office, because when they take Their Oath To Protect and Defend The Constitution and The Bill Of Right!!!!. and then try to make Laws that Go against That OATH then their braking THE LAWS OF LAND THAT ARE COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON!!!!!.

  4. So what? That’s only useful against *Federal* laws.
    Suppose the Mayor of some Wyoming city decides to ban the sale of guns? The Mayor of Champaign Illinois just signed an executive order giving herself that power. Any Mayor can do that- what’s to stop them?

    • Any law that is in opposition to the Constitution is null and void and does not have to be obeyed. The day the first gun is taken is the day the second civil war begins. Beto, you talk but say nothing. I’ve always wondered how are they going to take our guns without using guns? Can’t be done, so they aren’t against guns they are against free citizens having them. And that’s the purpose of the of 2A. When the people fear the government that’s tyranny. When the government fears the people that’s Democracy. There is zero reason for any free legal citizen to fear the government. It’s: We The People. The government exists at our discretion. Each member is subject to removal within a maximum of six years. Paid lobbyists need to be banned. Congress answers to the people. They MUST obey the will of the people. Lobbyists are nothing but lowlifes offering bribes to congressional member. They need jailed for that. Any congressional member accepting bribes needs jailed and banned for life from public services. Any news media that does not present both sides equally and non-biased, is not a media source. They are a propaganda machine. For congress either term limits or minimum wage pay with a time clock to punch in and out in the capital. And to be fair any overtime that is allowed by law. Current Democrats involved in events of past three years are charged with dereliction of duty and charged with illegally taking pay which must be repaid. Obama and Clinton both committed treason. Why are they walking free? In Hollywood many threatened to kill the POTUS. That is a felony. Why are they free? Many said if Trump is elected they will move to Canada. Why are they still here? Any state that allows illegal aliens to vote the votes of the state are only valid within the state. No illegal aliens are going to determine the next President of the United States.

      • You tell then
        Citizen Mike. I thought the same as you did as far as the first gun taken, that’s when the second civil war should take place.

    • Not yet, we almost had it the last session but the traitor Dennis ?[forgot his last name] sold out to the gun grabbers in Austin, Huston and Dallas. so if he is dumped and some serious pressure is brought on the Lt. Governors office we can get it done the next session.

      • I don’t know if SC did this or if it was Spartanburg, SC voted in some laws to keep the federal goverment from coming into either the County or the State and taking the people’s right to bear arms. I know our Sheriff had a hand in it. That’s what I like about Spartanburg’s Sheriff..I’ll vote for him again on his next election.

  5. ALL so-called “gun controls” at all government levels need to be repealed. They violate the 2A, 4A and the Takings Clause of the 5A. The sole purpose of those laws is Prohibition and Confiscation; nothing else. Big Bro takes us for fools as well. Most of us have heard the old fable about the Arab and his camel; first the camel wanted his nose in the tent to keep it warm, then his hed, then shoulder and at dawn the camel had the tent all to himself. Liz Wheeler on One America News has pointed out that “compromise” on gun “issues” always has our side giving in bit by bit and that needs to be stopped cold. No more giving in! If we give an inch then they take a mile and demand more!

    • That’s right they don’t care about our rights. Take the people’s guns away and they control the people.

  6. every govt. person takes an oath to uphold the constitution of the u.s. when they dont do it they should be removed and jailed on the spot for treason and its the peoples job to remove them by force if need be and if they dont believe in our const. they should never be in any public office ever there are other countrys they can go to we the people need to keep our country

    • Christie Irwin, I agree with you completely! However, you really need to stop being so lazy with your great comments. No punctuation or capitalizations at all makes everything run together and makes you appear uneducated.

      I hope you can see I’m trying to help you, instead of merely criticizing you.

  7. Besides coming up with a percentage to max any tax , the US Constitution Bill of Rights ( not given to any government ) should have had shall not be infringed by any state, City, or municipality ….

  8. I once lived in Wyoming for three years. It’s a beautiful, generally pro-2A state, although some (only some) of the people there can a bit backward and snobby where things like racism are concerned (think Alabama or Georgia in the 1950s). That said, I like this legislation. I’m not a lawyer but in this part that you quote — THE LEGISLATION WOULD BAN ANY “PUBLIC SERVANT” OF THE STATE AND ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, FROM ENFORCING ANY FUTURE FEDERAL “ACTS, LAWS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS, COURT ORDERS, RULES, OR REGULATIONS STATUTE OR ORDINANCE” THAT INFRINGE ON THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS AND WHICH IS BEING LITIGATED BY THE WYOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF WYOMING — that part at the end “. . . THAT INFRINGE ON THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS AND WHICH IS BEING LITIGATED BY THE WYOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF WYOMING” seems to have a nasty potential loophole: AND. It seems to say that this law only applies to something infringing ONLY IF IT IS ALSO BEING LITIGATED BY THE STATE’S ATTORNEY GENERAL. Politicians (especially AG’s) come and go. What if a future AG refused to litigate an infringing law, order, regulation, etc.? Would that prevent this law from being applied?

  9. Wyoming’s Law fails as soon as the Feds threatens to withhold Federal Funds that every State annually receives. Money trumps talk & Wyoming’s gun law.

  10. It’s wonderful that this movement is gaining momentum. It would be just great if it would happen where I live, but that is ” Pie In The Sky”. I live in the Socialist State Of California. I Was born here and seen it go from a Great State to what it is today, a cess poole.

  11. We need to keep up on keeping and even restoring ALL of our 2nd Amendment, as well as any other rights that have been carpet bagged away from the American People. Our survival as a People, Nation and the Heart of Freedom depends on it.

  12. I have read the 2nd Amendment 100 times and I still can never find the words “law abiding”.. but, every time I read it, I do see the words “the people, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Making laws that say ‘law abiding’ citizens may own firearms.. IS NOT PRO-2A.. and ARE INFRINGEMENTS to the 2-A. Same thing with ALL gun laws and regulations. “Permit” is short, for “permission”.. and I’m over 21. I don’t need to ask permission to do a damn thing. I have a to keep (own posses) and bear (carry, hold, have) arms (short, for “armaments… I suggest anyone to look up the definition— ‘weapons of war’ for one.. and others).. and it shall not be infringed (infringe = actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.).. contravene, violate, transgress, break, breach, disobey, defy, disregard, ignore, neglect.. etc etc). Basically, the US Government believes (and has believed for many years) they can do whatever they take notions to do and if it tramples the Constitution, they could not care less. This mess has occurred because why? Slothful citizens whom have allowed it to occur. And many believe Trump is pro 2nd Amendment. What a joke. Best wake up and get serious.. or get ready to shoot dead any sob’s who come banging on your doors at 3am to take your guns. Democrats and Republicans in government have joined forces regarding this crap. For the record— I AM NEITHER PARTY AFFILIATED. Its all a FACADE. A tool to DIVIDE SOCIETY. STOP falling for it.

  13. IF MY COMMENT IS BEING “MODERATED” AKA CENSORED… I WILL *UNSUBSCRIBE* FROM THIS SITE. CANNOT PREACH 2-A WHILE CENSORING COMMENTS. THATS BLATANT *HORSE-SHIT* AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. HYPOCRITICAL SONS OF BITCHES. EVIDENTLY, YOU WOULD NOT MAKE A ZIT ON A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS ASS.

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