The Firearms Freedom Act, if passed, would provide that “a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that: (1) is manufactured commercially or privately in Indiana from basic materials; (2) can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state; and (3) remains within the borders of Indiana; is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”
Indiana’s bill brings the number to 17 states that have seen a Firearms Freedom Act introduced in the past year – most recently, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Virginia and Missouri.
“Our system of government clearly leaves regulation of intrastate commerce to the states, so my bill will explicitly protect the rights of Oklahomans to purchase guns manufactured in Oklahoma without being subjected to federal red tape while also protecting firearms manufacturers from frivolous litigation,” said Oklahoma State Rep. Lewis Moore said. “This is a common-sense measure that I believe will get bipartisan support.”
Some supporters of the legislation say that a successful application of such a state-law would set a strong precedent and open the door for states to take their own positions on a wide range of other activities that they see as not being authorized to the Federal Government by the Constitution.
The principle behind such legislation is nullification, which has a long history in the American tradition. When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned. Implied in such legislation is that the state apparatus will enforce the act against all violations – in order to protect the liberty of the state’s citizens.
Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center tell us to expect to see nearly thirty states consider similar legislation in the 2010 legislative session.
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