Firearms Freedom Act introduced in Virginia

Introduced by Virginia Delegate Charles Carrico, Sr is House Bill 1731 (HB1731), the Firearms Freedom Act (FFA). The bill declares that:

firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition that are manufactured commercially or privately in Virginia, and that remain within the borders of Virginia, shall not be subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

Since 2009, 8 states have passed similar legislation as law – Montana, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Alaska and Arizona. And, here at the Tenth Amendment Center we expect to see at least a dozen other states consider Firearms Freedom Acts in 2011.


Sovereignty for Indiana?

Introduced by Indiana State Senators Thomes and Kruse, Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 (SCR0007) is a legislative statement “claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.”…


Tenthers to the Right and Tenthers to the Left

While a barrage of state-level legislation on health freedom, firearms freedom and the like give many people the impression that Tenther ideology is somehow the exclusive purview of the political right, they often forget that state-level resistance to the 2005 Real ID act was spearheaded by the ACLU and states like Maine.

And, the classic “tenther” issue in the country today just might be state-level marijuana laws. 15 States – most recently Arizona – are actively defying congress, the DEA and a Supreme Court ruling that says marijuana is illegal…in every situation.


Obamacare: Stop the Hand-Wringing and Nullify!

Recently, two federal judges ruled in favor of Obamacare while a federal jurist in Virginia ruled against it. Huh? One must seriously question whether or not these guys are all reading the same Constitution I have before me.

In any event, I honestly cannot fathom nor can I abide all the needless hand-wringing and drama over the constitutionality of Obamacare. Of course it’s not constitutional! Going forward then, exactly what’s the most likely end game of the 20 or so Attorneys General who are suing the Administration over this latest federal intrusion in our lives?

First off, when our political system fails us, we should all remember that in the final analysis “we the people” are the final arbiters with respect to what is and what is not constitutional. Also, under the 9th and 10th Amendments, the States are implicitly within their constitutional authority to simply nullify any unconstitutional federal law, ruling or regulation. I won’t mince words here: anyone who disputes this assertion either is not an objective student of the Constitution or of American history, or is driven by an alien ideological agenda altogether.


I Think Therefore I am Free to Choose for Myself

Descartes was the French philosopher who thought of the saying “I think, therefore I am”. This simple slogan by a Frenchmen has been ridiculed in our modern age but not everything the French did was bad (yes I am being serious). It actually began the age of reason from which ideas of human individualism emerged.

He was one of the first people to tell people that if you do not understand an idea of another person then you have no right to believe it. He wasn’t saying don’t think but rather to rely on your own internal comprehension as the only comprehension because your thinking is the only thinking that defines your conscious existence. I THINK, THEREFORE I AM


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Nullification On The Table in Maine

In Maine, a bill submitted by Rep. Richard Cebra (R-Naples) would nullify the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act of 2010 if passed. LD 58 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary today and is the first of several submitted Tenth Amendment-related pieces of legislation to move forward.

Titled “An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, the bill would make it a Class C crime in the State of Maine for attempted enforcement of this law by any member of the Federal Government. Punishment under the bill for attempted enforcement has a maximum of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Attempted enforcement by any State official would be a Class D crime, punishable with up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.