Saturday, February 20, 2016

AZ: State Aims to Use Federal System to Protect Citizens Rights

Arizona Capitol Demonstration in favor of Second Amendment 2013

As the media cartel loses its power to define the agenda and dictate the terms of debate, states are starting to reassert their power to protect their citizens from an out of control federal government.  A number of states have already passed laws that serve to reign in federal power over the regulation of guns.  From
In Idaho, the Legislature unanimously passed a law this year to keep any future federal gun measures from being enforced in the state. In Kansas, a law passed last year says federal regulation doesn't apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting "firearms freedom" from the U.S. government since 2010.

A News21 analysis shows 11 such bills in nine states have been signed into law, mainly in Western states, along with Kansas and Tennessee. Three more passed but were vetoed by governors in Montana, Missouri and Oklahoma. Many others failed to pass, even in conservative states.

Nullification laws have been introduced in more than three-quarters of U.S. states since 2008. More than half of those bills have come in the last two years, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All but three have been introduced since President Barack Obama took office.

Arizona is considering a bill, HB 2300, that would prevent local governments from serving as agents of the federal government if new federal gun regulations are passed.  President Obama has vowed to use his executive power to push through such restrictions.  The executive orders he has passed to date on the subject, while troubling, have not had much practical effect.  From HB 2300:
A. Notwithstanding any other law and except as required by a court order, an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state or an employee of an agency or political subdivision of this state acting in the employee's official capacity shall not do any of the following:

1. Knowingly and willingly participate in any way in the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation issued, enacted or promulgated on or after the effective date of this section regarding a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition. 
2. Use any assets, state monies or monies allocated by this state to political subdivisions of this state on or after the effective date of this section, in whole or in part, to engage in any activity that aids a federal agency, federal agent or corporation providing services to the federal government in the enforcement or any investigation pursuant to the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation issued, enacted or promulgated on or after the effective date of this section regarding a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition.
The law is close to a law adopted by Idaho in 2014, but is a little stronger in that it covers all new federal firearms law, not just confiscations of firearms.  The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the Federal government cannot compel state agents to enforce federal laws.  The last case to that effect was Printz v. United States, in 1997.  The court decision is referenced in the HB 2300:
4. That this right to be free from the commandeering hand of the federal government has been most notably recognized by the United States Supreme Court in Printz v. United States when the Court held, "The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States' officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program."

5. That the anticommandeering principles recognized by the United States Supreme Court in Printz v. United States are predicated on the advice of James Madison, who in Federalist Number 46 advised "a refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union" in response to either unconstitutional federal measures or constitutional but unpopular federal measures.
The federal system and the Constitution were largely designed to limit government power through a system of checks and balances.  During the "progressive era" of the last hundred years, the checks and balances have been seriously eroded, with the federal government taking control of vast areas of peoples lives.  Guns and the Second Amendment are just one issue where the people are attempting to reassert limits on government power.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I sure hope that passes. It is the only way to rein in the out of control federal unconstitutional authority efforts to issue laws and regulations not given to the federal government in the constitution. It is about time the tenth amendment in the bill of rights started to be recognized by the president ,the congress and the supreme court's over reach. Now all we need to do is to get the states to recognize the power of the tenth amendment in the reverse. States have no power to regulate Fire Arms or any other kinds of weapons. Under the tenth amendment state gun laws are in fact unconstitutional. state gun laws can not amend the second amendment in the federal constitution Shall Not Infringe is in the federal constitution and is constitutionally reinforced by the tenth amendment. the bill of rights applies to everyone in every state and anyone passing though those states, your rights travel with you. crossing a state line does not change a persons individual right to self defense. No state has the authority to deny those federally constitutional guaranteed rights. Self defense is not a crime. Everyone no matter who they are has the right of self defense. Because of shall not infringe there are NO legal Federal gun laws or regulations of any kind. In fact the BATFE is an unconstitutional agency. all federal gun laws and acts are unconstitutional, including the 1934 NFA and all laws that have followed. Shall Not Infringe is an absolute command and the nicest way to make the very strong point said in another way, Like don't F**k with my guns.