Alaska House Passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, 31-5

Today, February 25th, Alaska’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, HB69, has passed the State House and will now move on to the Senate for concurrence.

On the 20th of February, HB69 was read during the House Judicial Committee meeting where it was then scheduled for a hearing that was held today. During that hearing meeting, the bill was read for a second reading where the committee unanimously consented to the bills adoption.  It was then considered by the full house.  The vote was 31-5.

HB69 states, in part: “A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is possessed in this state or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce as those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.” [emphasis added]

The bill continues, “The authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition possessed in this state or made in this state from those materials. Firearm accessories that are imported into this state from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in this state.”

Unlike the firearms freedom act which passed in 2010, the bill covers firearms not only manufactured in the state, but also those simply “possessed” within the boundaries of the state.  It also provides for a penalty for anyone enforcing federal bans or regulations on firearms in Alaska.

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6th County in North Carolina Passes Second Amendment Preservation Act

Local action on defending the Second Amendment is passing through many cities, towns, and counties across the country. In one state, the Second Amendment Preservation Act is sweeping through the counties like wild fire. In North Carolina many counties have passed acts the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Currently Cherokee, Beaufort, Lenoir, Pitt and Franklin Counties have all passed this act. Now, the sixth county to pass this act is Moore County.

In a Moore County Memorandum,

“In light of recent events, popular discussion and national debate it is proposed that the Moore County Board of Commissioners publicly restate their commitment to both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions and, particularly, the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment to the United States’ Constitution states that “[a] well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Article I, Section 30 of the North Carolina State Constitution reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they shall not be maintained, and the military shall be kept under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Nothing herein shall justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons, or prevent the General Assembly from enacting penal statutes against that practice.” Each of the Moore County Board of Commissioners has sworn by solemn oath to uphold both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions.”

The Memorandum finalizes the decision,

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Yes, Florida Voters Oppose ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

by Michael Cannon, CATO Institute

Bloomberg’s Josh Barro criticizes the James Madison Institute’s poll showing that 65 percent of Florida voters oppose implementing ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Barrow is mostly wrong. But even when he’s right, he’s still wrong. Disclosure: I helped JMI formulate their poll questions.

Barro complains that JMI conducted a “push poll.” His first complaint is:

It starts by priming respondents with questions about the national debt and the size of Florida’s existing Medicaid budget.

Then it gives an inaccurate description of the terms of the expansion. Poll respondents were told that Medicaid currently covers people earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line. That’s not true: In Florida, the limit for adults is 56 percent of FPL, and you must have dependent children to qualify.

Though Barro slightly mischaracterizes the poll question, he is basically correct, and the inaccuracy is my fault.

The folks who originally drafted JMI’s poll questions aren’t health care wonks, so they ran their questions by me. This question was originally worded the way Barro claims the final question was: “Medicaid coverage is currently available for those with incomes up to 100% of the poverty line.” I hurriedly emailed the JMI folks, “Florida does not offer Medicaid coverage to everyone below 100 percent of poverty. See page 2 and table 3 of this report. You might replace ‘currently’ with ‘generally.’” So that’s what JMI did. In retrospect, Barro is right. “Generally” gives the impression that Medicaid is available to more Floridians below the poverty line than is actually the case, and I should have offered a better edit. Mea culpa.

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Defy Not Comply: Rallying Cry For Nullification in Virginia

nullification flyerI have been bitterly complaining about the lack of fight in the GOP. At both the state and the federal level, the Republicans continue to meekly allow our Republic to march into the shadow of the gallows.

Well there is at least one GOP figure in Virginia that will stand up for our natural rights. And not surprisingly, that person is E.W. Jackson. Please listen to the interview linked here, where Jackson beautifully lays out the case against what the establishment Republican’s are now selling….that we have to meekly accept Obamacare in Virginia.

We will likely be hearing a lot more of this tagline “defy not comply.” Let’s pray that this kind of political courage will be infectious. Here is more from E.W. Jackson, who is running for Lt. Governor this year.

CHESAPEAKE, VA – E.W. Jackson, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia released the following statement on the Virginia House of Delegates passing HB1769, “Health Insurance: Plan Management and Rate Review”:

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Smoke and Mirrors in Arizona – HB2574 vs HB2269

HB2574 was set for committee Wednesday morning, to be heard only. Not scheduled for a vote – Representative Justin Pierce was the chair.  It is important to note that we had gone to all of the committee members days in advance and secured support from 6 out of 8 members.  Also, remember that we were able to get 9 sponsors/co-sponsors for our bill.  It is a popular bill with the legislature.  We had made certain that our version had good balance between law enforcement requirements and 4th amendment privacy concerns.  We were hoping to sway the committee to vote Wednesday.

While we were preparing our statements to be heard, I discovered a drone bill with a different number on it, HB2269.  It was very similar in language but favored the Law enforcement lobbyists, not the citizens of Arizona.

They were simultaneously moving on HB2269 in the Commerce committee 2 doors down.  So I quickly alerted the two guys helping with HB2574 and I entered a request to be heard on this committee as well. So did the two other guys on our team.  HB2269 was essentially a stealth striker bill.  It was entered into the agenda Tuesday night and no one knew about it.  What that means is they took an existing bill, having to do with liquor, removed or “struck” that language and put in their own version of a drone bill.  Representative Thomas Forese is the chair of the commerce committee.  Forese was also the sole sponsor of this bill.  They allowed me to give my statement (I was both angry and nervous at the same time – pretty awkward).  I only had a few moments to wrap my mind around what was happening and was not well prepared for this new bill.  They didn’t let the other two people on my team to speak.  They jammed this bill through, voted on it, then passed it through committee.

Getting back to the other committee room, I was still going to give my statement for my bill.  They killed HB2574 “before the fireworks started” (they actually said that, you can hear it when the microphone is still hot.)
This was a coordinated effort by Peirce and Forese.

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