The Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act got the blessing of a five-member subcommittee last week and will move on for further consideration in the Committee on Federal and State Affairs.
With more than 50 cosponsors, HB 2199 declares “any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”
If passed, the bill would make it illegal to enforce any federal regulations on firearms made and kept within the borders of Kansas and includes felony penalties.
No official, agent or employee of the state of Kansas, nor any dealer selling any firearm in the state of Kansas, shall enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States regarding any personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in the state of Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas.
Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee) authored the bill. He told the Topeka Capitol-Journal the legislation was based on the premise that firearm business activities confined to Kansas don’t constitute interstate commerce and remain outside federal jurisdiction. Under the law, any gun owned or built in Kansas, and remaining within its borders, wouldn’t be controlled by “any past, present or future federal law, rule or regulation of any kind.”
The subcommittee was formed to wade through half-a-dozen gun related bills. Rep. Ken Corbet (R-Topeka) serves on the subcommittee. He says it’s important to erect a shield protecting the basic rights of Kansans to keep and bear arms.
“Being an old Boy Scout, it’s better to be prepared.”
ACTION ITEMS for Kansas
If you live in Kansas, contact Committee on Federal and State Affairs members and ask them to pass HB 2199 on for consideration in the full House. You can find committee membership information HERE.
Contact your representative and ask them to support HB 2199. House member contact information HERE.
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
Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He also maintains the blog, Tenther Gleanings.
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