The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act was introduced by Senator Dahm on Jan. 16 and declares that:
“The Legislature of the State of Oklahoma declares that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms free from infringement; that federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, bans, or registration requirements regarding firearms constitute an infringement on the individual right, are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers, and are hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma, shall not be recognized by this state, are specially rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.”
SB 548 would declare “an emergency” and would protect Oklahoma’s citizens from federal firearm “laws and regulations” from the date of passage and signing. The text of the bill simply states:
“It shall be the duty of the Legislature of this state to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, bans or registration requirements regarding firearms within the limits of this state.”
But how does the state plan to enforce the provisions of this bill?
“Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections not to exceed five (5) years, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Any public officer or employee of the State of Oklahoma or any political subdivision of the state, that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed two (2) years, or by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.”
SB 548 has not been assigned to a Committee yet but should be soon.
If you live in Oklahoma, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know of your concern for the 2nd Amendment and that you expect support of this legislation. Click here for contact information.
If you live outside of Oklahoma, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.
Also, you may want to contact Senator Dahm and thank him for sponsoring this bill.
William Kennedy [send him email] is the State Director for the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center. A strong supporter of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on State Sovereignty protected by the Tenth Amendment.
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