A Number of States Gear Up to Defy New Federal Gun Laws

When it comes to the prospect of new federal gun control laws, states across the nation aren’t taking any chances. From Ohio to Idaho, many are introducing legislation that would “preemptively defeat” new gun laws. CNSNews.com breaks it down:


In Ohio, two senators have introduced SB36, which would prohibit firearms seizures, registration and bans in their state.

Sen. Jared Carpenter introduced a bill that would prohibit Kentucky from enforcing new federal gun control laws if they’re enacted.  The measure passed by a vote of 34-3.

The Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill that criminalizes the act of enforcing any new federal laws than ban, restrict, confiscate, or require registration of firearms or ammunition in violation of the state’s constitution.

HB219 passed by a 55-13 vote.

In Louisiana, Rep. Jim Morris sponsored a bill that “prohibits the enforcement of federal restrictions regarding the ownership or possession of semi-automatic firearms.”

The House Public Safety Committee in Oklahoma passed HB2021 that would also prohibit the enforcement of federal gun laws.

House Bill 1076, sponsored by Rep. Steve Toth in Texas, would disallow state and local police from enforcing new gun control measures passed by the federal government.

In Kansas, the House approved three pro-gun bills, one of which prohibits the federal government from enforcing gun laws or bans on firearms and accessories manufactured, sold, or kept in the state.

The “Arizona Firearms: Prohibited Enforcement” bill would make it a Class 6 felony for the federal government to enforce new laws or regulations on guns, accessories and ammunition owned or manufactured in the state.

Senate bill 63 in Michigan would exempt firearms and firearms accessories made and sold exclusively in Michigan from federal gun restrictions.


The same article notes the similarity between this type of action and marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington. These states’ laws fly in the face of federal law on the issue but President Obama has said the DOJ will not prosecute because, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry.” Although no new federal gun laws have been passed yet, it will be interesting to see if the federal government has the same attitude when it comes to guns.

It seems highly unlikely.

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