REVOLT! First State Declared It Won’t Obey New Federal Gun Laws
Friday Idaho announced that it would neither enforce nor abide by federal gun laws. The move was made possible by a measure introduced in the state’s House and Senate and passed unanimously by both chambers.
The law could very well be one of the most serious challenges to the federal government’s anti-gun agenda. Per the wording of the bill, Idaho law enforcement officers would face up to $1,000 in fines as well as misdemeanor charges if they enforce federal gun laws. These punitive measures will likely go a long way in discouraging Idaho LEO’s from collaborating with feds trying to enforce gun laws in the state.
Naturally, the federal government, to say nothing of this virulently anti-gun administration, is not going to be happy about a state rejecting it’s statutes regarding gun ownership and usage. Indeed, after a similar law was passed in Kansas, former Attorney General Eric Holder, a true maven of the gun control lobby, wrote a letter to Governor Brownback threatening legal action against the state over it.
Let’s hope that Idaho is able stay strong if Obama and his goons try to stop them.
As previously alluded to, Idaho is not the only state to have passed legislation prohibiting law enforcement officials from enforcing gun laws originating in Washington, D.C. In addition to Kansas, Alaska has passed a law meant to preserve SecondAmendment rights and as many as 37 other states have introduced similar measures in their legislatures. If they all follow the examples of Idaho, Kansas, and Alaska, the feds are really going to have to ask themselves if enforcing their gun laws is really worth it.
“‘This is an important first step for Idaho,’ Tenth Amendment Center spokesman Mike Maharrey told BenSwann.com. ‘Getting this law passed will ensure that any new plans or executive orders that might be coming our way will not be enforced in Idaho. Then, once this method is established and shown to be effective, legislators can circle back and start doing the same for federal gun control already on the books.’
Both Alaska and Kansas have passed similar ‘nullification’ laws. Kansas approved the Second Amendment Protection Act last April, and Alaska enacted a similar law in June. A ProPublica investigation from last spring found that at least 37 other states have introduced similar bills. Under the Kansas law, residents could ‘manufacture and sell semi-automatic weapons in-state without a federal license or any federal oversight.’ The law also made it a felony for federal authorities to enforce any law that conflicts with state law.
Idaho’s Legislature — which enjoys a Republican supermajority in both its chambers — has become home to many state laws that attempt to circumvent federal law. Earlier this month, the state tried and failed to pass a bill that would have outlawed federal environmental regulations. And in 2011, Idaho tried to declare the Affordable Care Act null and void. Since then, Gov. Butch Otter has come under attack from his fellow Republicans for softening his position on Obamacare.
Writ large, many conservative states are exploring creative but arcane ways to circumvent federal law. One growing conservative cause at the state level, the Article V movement, would attempt to call a convention of states to make laws in lieu of federal oversight.”