The Federal Government, along with a host of states, have passed, or attempted to pass, anti-gun laws that range from restricting firearms sales, ammunition types, magazine restrictions, and growing the list of prohibited users. Not all states chose to follow in those footsteps, however, and rather protect the right to be armed. Some states have made concealed carry “Shall Issue” versus “May Issue,” while others made it easier for non-violent offenders to restore their rights to be armed. Arizona and Montana have gone a step further with recently passed bills.
Both Arizona and Montana have passed bills that make it illegal for state, local, or county police to enforce Federal gun laws or to help Federal Police Officers enforce Federal gun laws within their respective borders. To add to the two states, Texas is in the middle of drafting a similar bill that would render Federal gun regulation in state borders unenforceable.
Arizona’s law would take aim at all Federal gun laws, while Montana’s would only have an effect on those passed on or after January 1st, 2015. In both cases however, helping federal agencies would be illegal within the state and, in the case of Arizona especially, the door is opened for even stronger pro-gun laws that thwart federal law.
So, what good is this? The Federal government has enough resources to enforce laws within individual states without state police help, right? Not so much. If it were one state and a handful of issues, then yes, but with three states, maybe more, and a list of laws that virtually has no end, the effort required would be unsurmountable.
The Federal government could sue these states, which Arizona is no stranger to, and be forced to dissolve such laws. History tells us, however, that when 3 or 4 states get together and fight the Federal government, the states generally win. A recent example would be the legalizing of marijuana in several states. True, the Obama Administration is pro-marijuana, but, even if they weren’t, there would have been little that could be done against so many states with so much support from the citizens.
With Arizona, Montana, and Texas all working on their own versions of laws that take the Federal government out of gun regulation in their own states, there may be too much ground to cover for the Federal government to overcome. Only time will tell if the bills pass all three states, and whether or not Washington D.C. will have anything to say about the new laws that strip power from Federal officers. With any luck, these three states will embolden a number of other pro-gun states and be capable of wiping the boot prints of at least a small section of the Constitution where the Federal government has trampled for the last 100 years.
One step at a time, it seems some states are ready to revive to true law of this land, as envisioned by our founding fathers, and stop allowing nanny state politicians from regulating our every breath. I am interested to see where this goes and am sure to write about the outcomes as they arrive.
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