Alabama Senate Passes Sanctuary State Bill

Alabama Senate Passes Sanctuary State Bill
(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

From the moment President Joe Biden was declared the winner, we all knew gun control was coming. As a result, states started passing sanctuary state bills.

While it still remains to be seen how well they’ll hold up when the rubber meets the road, they’re a clear message that much of the country isn’t interested in Biden’s gun control plans.

Now, Alabama is one step closer to joining the club.

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that would make it a crime for state and local officials to enforce any new gun control laws or regulations from the Biden administration or Congress.

The bill, by Sen. Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa, is one of several bills in the Legislature that are aimed at blocking enforcement of any new federal gun control measures. Similar laws are being proposed in other states.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 21-5. It moves to the House.

Allen said the intent is to protect constitutional rights, and his bill is called the Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act. It would apply to any federal gun laws or regulations imposed after January 1, 2021.

Two Democratic senators have spoken against the bill this morning.

Sen. Rodger Smitherman, D-Birmingham, a lawyer who has taught constitutional law, said the bill would be unconstitutional because of the supremacy clause that says federal law supersedes state law.

“We are going to get sued, we are going to lose, and it’s going to cost us a lot of money as a state because we want to make a statement,” Smitherman said.

Now, maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t find a statement from Smitherman blasting immigration sanctuary communities, which is really what this is based on in the first place. To my knowledge, no one got sued and lost over simply barring law enforcement from cooperating with federal authorities.

Oh, I get that this is different because it’s a whole state rather than just a single community, but stop pretending that opposition to federal law is somehow unconscionable. Democrats have no issue with either that or the legalization of marijuana, which also runs counter to federal law.  If those are acceptable, then so is this.

They just don’t like that states like Alabama are doing this. It means their goal of eroding our gun rights into oblivion is going to experience so many speedbumps along the way that it’ll never come to fruition. I’m fine with that, obviously, and so are a lot of other people.

Many of those people live in Alabama and will be excited to see this come to pass.

As for me, if Georgia continues along the path it seems to be on following the 2020 elections, Alabama is starting to look like a viable place to head if I have to hit the eject button.

Hell, as it stands, I need to take back almost all of the jokes I’ve made at Alabama’s expense over the years for their efforts so far. Needless to say, I’m going to be busy.

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