New Mexico joins a rapidly growing list of States stepping up to the Nullification plate.
Recently introduced legislation by Representative Espinoza looks to protect citizens of the ‘Land of Enchantment’ state from the long arm of ‘the un-Constitutional’ law. Representative Nora Espinoza has introduced H.B. 114.
“AN ACT RELATING TO FIREARMS; PROHIBITING THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL FIREARM LAWS; PROVIDING FOR THE DEFENSE OF NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL; PROVIDING PENALTIES.”
H.B. 114 applies criminal charges for federal agents who vioalte the 2nd Amendment within the State of New Mexico:
An official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm or firearm accessory, or upon ammunition, that is owned or is manufactured commercially or privately in New Mexico, and that remains exclusively within the borders of New Mexico, is guilty of a third degree felony and shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000) or by imprisonment for a definite term not to exceed three years or both.
There is a unique facet to this legislation in that it opposes ALL those federal laws “created OR effective ON or after July 1, 2013″. New Mexico joins many other states where legislation is being/has been introduced to protect the Constitutional rights of its’ citizens. This Bill was introduced on January 16 and is currently in the House Consumer and Affairs Committee.
Representative Espinoza has drafted a great piece of legislation with some real teeth. Given that she is a Republican in a body with both chambers controlled by Democrats, the question remains; will HB 114 ever make it out of Committee? While it may be anyone’s guess, you can rest assured that ‘unalienable rights endowed by our Creator’ knows not an ideological label. A brief look into the history books will not reveal whether slaves were Republican or Democrat. It will reveal that all men yearn to be free, and one of the first acts preceding that loss of freedom was – citizen disarmament!
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.
Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE
ACTION ITEMS for New Mexico
We all need to support these legislators as much as possible. Freedoms for those in New Mexico are no more/ no less important than those of all Americans. She can be reached at: Nora Espinoza
If you live in New Mexico, contact your legislators and urge them to support H.B. 114. You can find contact information HERE.
Tim Taylor is a contributor for The Tenth Amendment Center. He attended NC State University and lives in Eastern North Carolina.
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