State lawmakers reassert the Tenth Amendment
January 22, 2014
The Missouri Senate’s General Laws Committee is currently considering a bill that would nullify federal firearm laws which “exceed the scope of the federal government’s authority.”
Yesterday the committee began discussing Senate Bill 613, sponsored by State Senator Brian Nieves (R-26th), which is designed to protect the gun rights of Missourians from laws that run contrary to the Second Amendment and bars state employees and public officers from aiding in the enforcement of such laws.
“This act declares as invalid all federal laws that infringe on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution,” the bill reads. “Some laws declared invalid under this act include certain taxes, certain registration and tracking laws, certain prohibitions on the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a specific type of firearm and confiscation orders.”
“The act declares 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.”
Nieves told the Associated Press that he was open to fine-tuning the bill to make it more passable.
The Missouri legislature began pushing for such a bill after President Obama announced plans last year to “enact” gun control through executive orders.
Most recently, the Obama administration is encouraging states to openly submit mental health records to the federal government, a scary proposition considering that the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is so broad that almost every form of human behavior could be considered some type of mental illness.
To put it in the proper context, Obama wants to reduce firearm ownership; the “mental records” angle is just a deceptive way to do that while selling the idea to the public dishonestly.
If the government wants to ban someone from owning a firearm, it will just declare that person “mentally unfit” through selective determination with the broad DSM-5.
For example, in 2012 the Department of Veteran Affairs sent out letters to veterans stating that based on “evidence,” their “competency” was under review and if the bureaucrats decided to rate the veterans “incompetent,” they would be prohibited from “purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition.”
“The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA,” Constitutional attorney Michael Connelly, J.D. wrote on the subject.
Fortunately state lawmakers are waking up to this authoritarian power grab and are reasserting the Tenth Amendment.
Legislators in Tenn. have also introduced a bill that bans the state from providing water and utilities to an National Security Agency data center located in Tennessee.
“Where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, [they] would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter,” James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 46.