Missouri Action Alert: Help Override the Veto and Nullify Gun Control!

HB436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, passed by a wide veto-proof majority. But, Jay Nixon vetoed the bill. If passed into law, it would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future. There’s a veto-session starting this Wednesday, September 11. Your action is needed today to pressure state legislators to do what they said they would – override that veto!

In recent weeks, the establishment has been coming out very aggressively to stop the bill, and torpedo any effort to override the veto. Mainstream media from the New York Times, to Fox News, the AP and Huffington Post have all slammed HB436 as crazy, unconstitutional, or just plain wrong.

Things seemed to hold strong among Missouri republicans against the media attacks. Those are expected.

But now, there are cracks in the armor and your help is needed to give these politicians the courage needed to override Jay Nixon’s veto on HB436. The last-minute opposition to the bill came from what some consider to be a very surprising source – Missouri Law Enforcement.

The great concern is that Missouri sheriffs and police would be banned from assisting the federal government in carrying out all federal gun laws.

That’s not a concern, that’s the GOAL!

As James Madison said in Federalist #46, this is exactly what states are supposed to do when faced with unconstitutional – or even just unpopular – federal acts. He called it a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the union.” Judge Andrew Napolitano agrees, and recently said on Fox Business that doing so across an entire state would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”

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The Campaign to Nullify Federal Gun Control Ramps up. Now.

I’m excited to announce last night’s launch of the first phase of the first phase of the new Tenther Action Center. This will develop into a comprehensive tool to track the status of all major nullification efforts around the country, and more importantly, have easy-to-use tools to get involved in supporting specific issues in your area.

Last night, we made public our new 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Tracking and Action Center here:
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendmentpreservation/

This important campaign is focused solely on one important effort – nullify federal gun laws, rules, orders, regulations, and the like. They’re unconstitutional, no matter what other so-called “libertarians” may think.

For those who believe in the right to keep and bear arms, I can assure you that your right will never be safe as long as you wait on assurances from politicians or federal courts. You might get a narrow short-term victory from time to time, but in the long run, they’ll always end up using it all against you – and your liberty.

The effort to protect these rights needs to happen at a state and local (and especially an individual) level. Our new campaign includes loads of great information and tools to make this more effective – and increase the chance of more states and local communities doing their duty.

Here’s some of the new tools to help you nullify federal gun control in your area.

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How to Exhaust the Government

I was recently interviewed by Gary Franchi of WHDT-TV regarding the Second Amendment Preservation Act. We discussed some national activity with regard to the Second Amendment, but the conversation focused much more on what our state chapter and others are doing in Florida. There’s some great information and a call to action for you to…

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The Second Amendment is Not Your Gun Permit

Fact: the Second Amendment does not grant you the right to keep and bear arms.

I’m probably going to make a few enemies here, but it’s about time to correct this common misnomer. You probably have seen this message a million times, especially on Facebook,  in some ad for a gun rights group, or a meme, or some person commenting in opposition to state concealed carry permits. They almost always say something like, “the Second Amendment is my only gun permit.”

Erroneous.

First off, the Constitution does not grant us rights. The Constitution serves as a rule book. It delegates power to the federal government, outlines its responsibilities and declares its restrictions.

Second, the Bill of Rights protects natural rights and privileges from federal government usurpation. That’s it. It further defines the limits of federal authority. It doesn’t give you a right. And it doesn’t stop other governments from infringing on them. It certainly doesn’t turn the federal government into a liberty enforcement squad.

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Arguments Against Missouri Nullification Bill Fail

During the regular session, the Missouri legislature passed a Second Amendment Protection Act that would nullify unconstitutional federal actions violating the right to keep and bear arms. Gov. Nixon vetoed it. The legislature will have a chance to override in September. The Joplin Globe published the following guest column by Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey addressing two of the most common arguments against the bill.

In a few weeks, the Missouri legislature will consider overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill nullifying federal actions violating the Second Amendment.

As the debate rages, opponents of HB436 make two fallacious arguments. First, they argue the Constitution’s supremacy clause renders HB436 unconstitutional.  Second, they paint nullification as a discredited tool primarily used unsuccessfully to fight desegregation.

Nixon cited the supremacy clause as his reason for vetoing HB436.

“To me, it is not a gun issue, it is a law issue,” he said.

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Tenther Mayor Leading Kansas Back to Liberty

Last May, Herndon, Kansas, Mayor Kenny Chartier introduced an ordinance nullifying federal gun laws in his town. The legally binding ordinance prohibits “any agency or person in the employ of the City of Herndon from enforcing, providing material support for, or participating in any way in the enforcement of any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of federal government regarding personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition with the city limits.”

The city council unanimously adopted it.

Chartier took action after Kansas Gov. Brownback signed a state Second Amendment Protection Act into law last April. The state law nullifies a wide range of unconstitutional federal gun laws. Passage represented a huge step in protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Kansas, but Chartier understood local support would play a vital role in the ultimate success of the new Kansas law, and he did his part to add another layer of protection for citizens in his town.

And the Herndon mayor didn’t stop there.

Recently, Chatier sent an email to “every town, city and municipality in the state of Kansas that had an e-mail address,”urging them to pass similar Second Amendment Preservation ordinances supporting the state law.

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Protecting Rights is your State’s Duty

The age-old doctrine of state nullification is in the air across the United States, and of all the demographic groups, newspaper reporters and editors should be cheering the most — and not simply because it makes for interesting copy.

A few years ago, not many would have guessed that this 215-year-old doctrine would regain standing as an accepted political tool, but according to a May 6 Rasmussen poll, 52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block, within their own borders, any federal laws they believe to be unconstitutional.

If public support for HB 436, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, is any indication, the Missouri numbers are even higher. Thousands of residents weighed in and told state officials that they had a constitutional duty to pass that bill as part of their responsibility to defend the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

In spite of the skyrocketing public support for nullification, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed HB 436, and others have joined the governor’s claims that you just can’t constitutionally fight the federal government the way Thomas Jefferson did 215 years ago.

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Virginia: Act Now to Nullify Federal Gun “Laws”

Earlier this year, Virginia took the first step toward fighting unconstitutional federal violations of the right to keep and bear arms in the Commonwealth when 15 cosponsors introduced a Second Amendment Preservation Act in the state House. While HB2340 didn’t gain traction in the legislature, it set stage for further action.

And there’s Good news! You can still battle the feds at the local level.

What was most lacking – beyond political courage in the Commonwealth – was strong grassroots organization behind the Second Amendment Preservation Act well in advance. Next time, Virginia legislators will be on notice for months in order to get this important legislation passed.  With your work and dedication, liberty will win.

In order to take this to the next level and get a victory, your action is needed right now.  Starting today, and all the way through the rest of the year, local governments around the state need to be pressed to take action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms and refusing to cooperate with the feds locally.  And at the same time, calling on the state legislature to do the same.  When the state is blanketed with local communities willing to nullify violations of the Second Amendment, the state legislature will be on notice.  Do your job, or else.

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now.

1.  Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town - and urge them to introduce an ordinance in support of the Second Amendment.

local ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/

2.  Become a local leader.   If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms

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County-Level Push to Protect 2nd Amendment in Florida

Written By Francisco Rodriguez, Theile Riordan and Andrew Nappi

The Florida Tenth Amendment Center has launched campaigns to preserve the Second Amendment in all 67 Florida counties. This comes weeks after FLTAC launched county campaigns to Stop Common Core and preserve the educational rights of parents and states. These action campaigns are provided to give the tools to liberty activists for encouraging their Board of County Commissioners to support and pass the Florida Tenth Amendment Center’s Local Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance.

Join Your County’s Action Campaign using the links below:

Read the Act Here: http://bit.ly/Local2A

*Lee County & Collier County have passed Second Amendment Preservation Resolutions, and although a step in the right direction, the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance extends even further to defend your liberty.

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Idaho: Take Action to Nullify Federal Gun Control

Early this year, Idaho lawmakers introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB219) in the House. It passed overwhelmingly with a vote of 55-13, but the measure stalled in the Senate in March.

This was not a loss. It was first step on the path to victory! What we need to push things further in Boise next session is a strong grassroots organization behind the bill well in advance.

In order to take this to the next level and get a victory, your action is needed right now.  Starting today, and all the way through the rest of the year, local governments around the state need to be pressed to take action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms and refusing to cooperate with the feds locally.  And at the same time, calling on the state legislature to do the same.  When the state is blanketed with local communities willing to nullify violations of the Second Amendment, the state legislature will be on notice.  Do your job, or else.

It’s going to take work to ensure that this is how things play out.  Here’s what you can start doing right now.

1.  Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town - and urge them to introduce an ordinance in support of the Second Amendment.

local ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/

2.  Become a local leader.   If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms

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