As we’ve reported previously: in August, Herndon, KS Mayor Kenny Chartier sent an email to “[every] municipality, city and town in the state of Kansas [with] an e-mail address,” urging them to pass ordinances similar to Herndon’s in support of the Second Amendment Protection Act, which was signed into law by Governor Brownback in April. Three cities have since answered that call: Muscotah, Easton, and most recently, Strong City.
At their September 10 meeting, the Strong City city council passed the Right to Bear Arms Ordinance into law with a margin of 5-0.
“No agency of the City of Strong City, KS, or person in the employ of the City of Strong City, KS shall enforce, provide material support for, or participate in any way in the enforcement of any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States regarding personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition within the Boundary of this City of Strong City, KS.” —Right to Bear Arms Ordinance, Strong City, KS
Despite their rhetoric, the arm of the federal government is relatively short. They require the compliance of municipalities and lean heavily on local law enforcement and resources to carry out their will. Laws such as Strong City’s help to make the federal enforcement of unconstitutional acts, as Judge Napolitano has said, “nearly impossible.” By removing crucial links from the chains of tyranny, the efforts of the feds are effectively nullified.
In Federalist 46, James Madison provided us with the blueprint (for the use of non-compliance) to create networks of resistance.
“Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”
Such a network is growing quickly in Kansas and is not reserved to municipalities alone. In April, Sedgwick Co. passed a resolution voicing support for the second amendment. At the county level, the Sedwick County resolution holds the same force of law as the local ordinances. But on the local level, unlike resolutions which are largely declarative, ordinances represent an act of enforceable, binding law.
Which counties or cities will be the next to follow Herndon’s call?
That decision is largely up to you—get involved!
1. Contact your local legislators—County/City/Town—and urge them to introduce model legislation in support of the Kansas 2nd Amendment Protection Act.
Local ordinance for Kansas here (pdf): http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/kansaslocal
Model local legislation for the rest of the country: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendmentpreservation
2. Volunteer. If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to not only act on your own, but to organize and lead others to help support these efforts.
3. Kansas residents – Join the 2nd Amendment Preservation Group on Facebook. This group is the center where grassroots activists can coordinate, task, and activate their communities to stop federal infringements. Click here to join in!
4. Get involved with your TAC State chapter.
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