The Kentucky State House of Representatives is considering a bill that would nullify any past, present or future gun control laws handed down by the feds.
HB429 reads in part, “The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky finds and declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations regarding firearms, present or future, are a violation of the sections and amendments to the Constitution of the United States… and are invalid in this Commonwealth, not recognized by this Commonwealth, considered null and void by this Commonwealth; and of no effect in this Commonwealth.”
The legislation goes on to call on the legislature to take further action to protect the right to keep and bear arms from federal encroachment in Kentucky.
It shall be the duty of the Kentucky General Assembly to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule, or regulation in violation of the sections of and amendments to the Constitution of the United States specified in Section 1 of this Act.
The bill was introduced on Feb. 21 and has already garnered 14 co-sponsors. It has been moved to the Judiciary Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can be considered for a vote by the whole House. If it passes the House, the Senate will have the opportunity to concur before the bill is put on the Governor’s desk.
HB429 cites the 10th Amendment along with several other amendments, constitutional provisions and court cases as justification for the bill. Kentucky state code is also modified by the bill to make firearm possession a felony for convicted felons, unlawful residents and dishonorably discharged military veterans.
The bill does not create any mechanism to stop enforcement of federal gun laws, but would set the stage for further action. The next step would be to pass a Second Amendment Preservation Act barring state cooperation with enforcement of any federal firearms laws. Since a vast majority of federal enforcement actions require the leadership, help and/or assistance of state or local governments, agents and resources – widespread refusal to enforce or participate in enforcement will severely cripple federal efforts.
Judge Andrew Napolitano confirmed this by saying that such noncompliance over an entire state would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”
For Kentucky: Take steps to support HB429 HERE. (NOTE: No action alert has been posted yet)
For Other States: Contact your state legislators today – urge them to introduce similar legislation. Model bills and contact info HERE.