January 10, 2013
A movement to stop unconstitutional violations of gun rights by refusing to enforce unjust laws is slowly gaining momentum.
Last week, we saw the positive news of a small town Chief of Police in Pennsylvania who is proposing an ordinance to ‘preserve the 2nd Amendment’ and nullify any and all policies or attempts at enforcement from the federal, state or local level that violate the right to keep and bear arms.
Now, as predicted, others are modeling legislation on this same, or at least similar, grounds.
Members of Wyoming’s state government are introducing bills to uphold the 2nd Amendment as well. K2Radio.com reports:
Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries.
Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal. It also includes a provision allowing the Wyoming Attorney General’s office to defend any state resident against any federal firearm ban.
The Constitution of the United States not only guarantees the right to own guns under the 2nd Amendment, but it also empowers governments at the state and local level to nullify unjust laws ordained from the federal level. The 10th Amendment makes clear that powers not explicitly granted to the federal government in the Constitution are reserved to the individual States or to the people.
Without a doubt the federal government has overstepped its bounds in many respects, but it has no grounds whatsoever to restrict the right to keep and bear arms. The Bill of Rights clearly protects that right, explicitly stating that it “shall not be infringed.”
States, cities, counties and individuals need to stand up and refuse to take part in unconstitutional maneuvers to disarm the population. By declaring their intention to nullify 2nd amendment violations and say no to federal intrusion, we may be able to establish a non-violent balance of power and stop the Washington gun grabbers.
The 10th Amendment Center has been a rallying point for more information on the topic, and for tracking similar legislation across the country.
Police Chief Secures 2nd Amendment with Ordinance