Wyoming Legislature Passes the Firearms Freedom Act
by Michael Boldin
by Michael Boldin
by Michael Bolden: Itís
Not About Political Parties. Itís†About†Liberty
Today, on its
3rd reading, the Wyoming Senate passed HB95,
the Firearms Freedom Act, by a vote of 300. (h/t Kristy Tyrney,
The bill states:
firearm, a firearm action or receiver, a firearm accessory, or
ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in the
state to be used or sold within the state is not subject to federal
law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority
of congress to regulate interstate commerce.
House already passed the bill last week, and it will now be transmitted
to Governor Freudenthals desk for signature.
In 2009, both
Tennessee and Montana passed the Act into state law. Last week,
Governor Herbert made that state the 3rd.
behind such legislation is nullification, which has a long history
in the American tradition. When a state "nullifies" a
federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void
and inoperative, or "non-effective," within the boundaries
of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state
is concerned. Implied in such legislation is that the state apparatus
will enforce the act against all violations in order to protect
the liberty of the states citizens.
any nullification legislation is enforcement of the state law. In
the Virginia Resolution of 1798, James Madison wrote of the principle
Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views
the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact,
to which the states are parties; as limited by the plain sense
and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no
further valid that they are authorized by the grants enumerated
in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable, and
dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact,
the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in
duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil,
and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities,
rights and liberties appertaining to them.
this principle, and if passed, would impose penalties for violations
of the law:
agent or employee of the United States government who enforces
or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation
of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm
accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately
in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of
Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall
be subject to imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a
fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both.
the country, activists and state-legislators are pressing for similar
legislation, to nullify specific federal laws within their states.
Constitutional Amendment to effectively ban national health care
go to a vote in Arizona in 2010, and the Virginia Senate recently
a similar bill, which now awaits action from the state house.
now have some form of medical
marijuana laws in direct contravention to federal laws
which state that the plant is illegal in all circumstances. And,
massive state nullification
of the 2005 Real ID Act has rendered the law nearly void.
states are considering similar legislation.
HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Centers printable Firearms
Freedom Act Brochure (pdf)
HERE to view the Tenth Amendment Centers Firearms Freedom
Act Legislative Tracking Page
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