Wyoming is the first state in America to consider a “just say no” approach to proposed federal gun bans.
A bill has been introduced in the state congress that would penalize any federal agent attempting to enforce an assault weapons ban or a limit on magazine capacities. The bill calls for a punishment of 1-5 years in prison and a $5000 fine.
According to The Daily Caller,
“it also contains broad language prohibiting any “public servant … or dealer selling any firearm in this state” from enforcing “any act, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming.””
The specific text of the bill states:
Any federal law, rule, regulation or order created or effective on or after January 1, 2013 shall be unenforceable within the borders of Wyoming if the law, rule, regulation or order attempts to:(i) Ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or
(ii) Require any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.
State Representative Kendall Kroeker, who introduced the bill, said, “We take the Second Amendment seriously in Wyoming.”
He went on to comment:
I take an oath to uphold, support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of Wyoming. I believe it is my duty to take that oath seriously. If the federal government is going to pass laws taking back our rights, it is our right as a state to defend those rights.”
The bill, if passed, could potentially be nullified by the federal government, but it would require a court battle to do so. Under the Constitution, it states that “federal law shall be the supreme law of the land.” Most importantly, this bill makes an argument about the constitutionality of the gun ban itself. The big question becomes, can the government use the Constitution to overturn a law that protects citizens from another unConstitutional law?
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