First it was a drip, then a trickle and will soon become a torrent: Individual states are preemptively introducing and passing legislation that prohibit the enforcement of any federal gun control legislation. Here's a sampling:
The Idaho House has passed legislation criminalizing any act of enforcement of any new federal laws that ban, restrict, confiscate or require registration of firearms or ammunition if it violates that state's constitution. HB219 passed by a 55-13 margin.
In neighboring Kentucky, Senator Carpenter has sponsored a bill prohibiting enforcement any new federal gun control legislation, if enacted. A vote of 34-3 passed the measure.
Louisiana Representative Jim Morris has sponsored a bill prohibiting the enforcement of any federal restrictions regarding the ownership or possession of semi-automatic firearms.
Oklahoma's House Public Safety Committee has passed House Bill 2021 prohibiting the enforcement of federal gun laws.
Ohio is entertaining State Bill 36, prohibiting firearms seizures, registration and bans in their state.
In Texas, Rep. Steve Toth is sponsoring House Bill 1076 that prohibits state and local police from enforcing any new gun control laws passed by the feds.
The Kansas House has approved three pieces of pro-gun legislation prohibiting the federal government from enforcing laws or bans on firearms and accessories manufactured, sold or kept in that state.
It will soon be a Class 6 felony for any federal agency attempting to enforce new laws or restrictions on guns, accessories and ammo owned or manufactured in Arizona (Arizona Firearms: Prohibited Enforcement).
Michigan Senate Bill 63 will exempt guns and accessories made and sold exclusively from federal restrictions.
And in Washington State, House Bill 1371 contains this exact language: "Any federal law, rule, regulation, or order created or effective on or after Jan. 1, 2013, shall be unenforceable within the borders of Washington if the law, rule, regulation, or order attempts to: (a) Ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or (b) Require any firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner."
But what do we hear from one of the staunchest states when it comes to states rights? What is the Volunteer State doing to preempt overly and overtly restrictive federal gun legislation from spilling over our borders?
This is a call-to-action for the Tennessee legislature to drown this wolf-puppy before its claws mature and its fangs bite deep. Get with it. We risk having our rights trampled because our legislators are asleep at the wheel. Write your representatives. Write your senators. Write the governor. This ground swell starts now.
David D. Fihn