The State Won’t Enforce Federal Firearm Law

H.4628  and H.4729  would prohibit the state government or any political subdivision of the state from using public funds to “implement, regulate, or enforce a federal law, executive order, regulation, or rule regulating the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories”. The bill would also prohibit using personnel or property of the state or a political subdivision for the same purposes.

H.4668 would prohibit state resources from being used to enforce executive orders on firearms issued after January 1 2016.

H.4701 would prohibit the state from assisting in the enforcement of federal law or regulation that limits the right of a person to own, possess, or use a firearm, ammunition, or firearm accessories, and that takes effect after January 1 2016. H.4701 would also prohibit the state from accepting federal funds related to a federal law or regulation that requires firearms to be registered or confiscated and that takes effect after January 1 2016.

While they cannot interfere with the enforcement of federal law, state governments are under no obligation to assist in the enforcement of federal law. If state governments are interested in preserving the rights of their citizens (like their 2nd amendment rights) they would do well not to aid in the enforcement of laws or regulations that violate those rights.



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