Ohio Action Alert: Nullify Federal Gun “Laws” Locally

While Ohio’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (House Bill 99) remains bottled up in committee, options to block federal violations of the right to keep and bear arms remain open. We need to put strong grassroots support behind HB99  and put state legislators on notice in order to get this important legislation passed. And we can do this at the local level!

With your work and dedication, liberty will prevail.

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 into action – passing legislation in support of the right to keep and bear arms and refusing cooperation 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/   

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Virginia Action Alert: Step 2 to Nullify “Indefinite Detention”

Virginia led the way to stop indefinite detention when Gov. Bob McDonnell  signed House Bill 1160 into law in April 2012. The law prohibits state or local cooperation with any federal attempts to indefinitely detain an American citizen pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.

However, that’s not the end game. Now we need local government bodies to pass ordinances in support of the state law, specifically prohibiting local cooperation with indefinite detention. City and county governments can even take things a step further, extending protection to all persons within their jurisdictions and broadening noncompliance to include indefinite detention under other “authority” outside the NDAA.

Local nullification efforts provide another row of teeth to the state law, signal local support to Richmond lawmakers and can serve as a catalyst for stronger, broader state action in the next legislative session. They also add additional impediments should federal agents try to kidnap people within the borders of Virginia.

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

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Dyer Co. Tennessee Adopts Second Amendment Preservation Resolution

DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Dyer County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Second Amendment during its Monday night meeting.

County Commissioner Dr. Brandon Dodds introduced the Second Amendment Protection resolution, and the Local Government Committee adopted it last month. The resolution calls upon the Tennessee legislature, judiciary and executive branches to “adopt and enact any and all measures necessary to reject and nullify the enforcement of any federal laws, acts, orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Constitution of the United States.” (Full text below)

“I believe it is one of the most important amendments,” Dodds told the State Gazette. “I believe it is not only illegal but unenforceable whenever the federal government passes a law limiting the Second Amendment.”

Local Government Committee chair Commissioner David Agee introduced the resolution to the full commission, noting that several counties had already passed similar resolutions. The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association and Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box have both voiced support for these type of resolutions.

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Action Alert: Maryland, Time to Nullify Indefinite Detention Locally

Earlier this year, Maryland took the first step toward fighting federal kidnapping when Delegate Don H. Dwyer, Jr. introduced a Liberty Preservation Act in the state House. While HB558 didn’t gain traction in the legislature, it did set stage for further action.

And there’s Good news! You can still battle the feds at the local level. You don’t have to sit around and wait for the state to take action. Local governments can help stop indefinite detention, while simultaneously putting pressure on state politicians to do the right thing.

While the Maryland legislature failed to interpose this time around, government bodies at the local level can step into the fray. Counties and cities can refuse to assist any federal attempts at indefinite detention in their jurisdictions. These measures will not only provide  practical protections for their citizens, they will send a strong message to state capitals and put the pressure on to nullify federal kidnapping at the state level in the next legislative session.

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

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Look locally to battle government intervention

The following was published as a letter to the editor in The Times-News of Burlington, NC The definition of nullify is: “any act, or set of actions that result in a particular law being rendered null, void or just simply unenforceable.” This does not mean erasing it from statute. The federal government is dependent on…

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Spokane City Council Brings Up Anti-Drone Ordinance

Spokane City Council members are getting ready to vote on a local ordinance regarding the regulation of domestic drone use. According to city council president, Ben Stuckart, this ordinance is modeled after a similar action that was passed earlier this year in the city of Seattle.

Representative David Taylor introduced a bill in the Washington House of Representatives during the recent session, which would have required state and local law enforcement to obtain legislative approval before purchasing drones. It  reaffirmed the right to privacy by laying down rules regarding the obtainment of information and use of surveillance. Despite being voted out of committee, 9-1 the bill failed to get a vote on the house floor before the cut off deadline. It was heavily lobbied against by both Boeing, and the Washington Association of Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs. Despite this, Representative Taylor still has hopes that the bill can be pushed through next year.

There is valid concern among citizens that because there are no current state regulations regarding drone use, the potential for abuse is incredibly high. Local communities like Spokane are stepping up to provide guidelines to their law enforcement agencies.

The Spokane ordinance would contain three main components;

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Dyer County, Tenn., to Vote on 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution

Last month, the Dyer County, Tenn., Local Government Committee adopted a resolution to preserve the Second Amendment.

The full county commission will take up the measure in its July meeting.

County Commissioner Dr. Brandon Dodds introduced the Second Amendment Protection resolution.

“I believe it is one of the most important amendments,” Dodds told the State Gazette. “I believe it is not only illegal but unenforceable whenever the federal government passes a law limiting the Second Amendment.”

This resolution states:

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “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

WHEREAS, all federal laws, acts, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment; and

WHEREAS, the Dyer County Legislative Body declares that all federal laws, acts, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers; and are hereby declared to be invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by this county, are specifically rejected by this county, and shall be considered null and void in this county, and

WHEREAS, we believe it is the duty of the sheriff of each county in Tennessee to take all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of unconstitutional laws including those in violation of the Second Amendment, and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Dyer County Legislative Body, meeting in
regular session on this the ___ day of ________, 2013, in Dyersburg, Tennessee, that:

SECTION 1. The Dyer County Legislative Body hereby requests that the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government of the great and sovereign state of Tennessee adopt and enact any and all measures necessary to reject and nullify the enforcement of any federal laws, acts, orders, rules or regulations in violation of the Constitution of the United States.

SECTION 2. This Resolution shall be effective upon its passage and approval, the public welfare
requiring it.

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Alaska: Act Now to Enforce the new 2nd Amendment Preservation Act

The Alaska 2nd Amendment Preservation Act (HB69), now signed into law by Governor Parnell, is a strong rejection of federal gun control measures. However, the struggle supporting the right to keep and bear arms is far from over.

The new law states that:

a statute, regulation, rule, or order that has the purpose, intent, or effect of confiscating any firearm, banning any firearm, limiting the size of a magazine for any firearm, imposing any limit on the ammunition that may be purchased for any firearm, or requiring the registration of any firearm or its ammunition infringes on an Alaskan’s right to bear arms in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and, therefore, is not made in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States, is not the supreme law of the land, and, consequently, is invalid in this state and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

and bans the use of assets to

implement or aid in the implementation of a requirement of an order of the President of the United States, a federal regulation, or a law enacted by the United States Congress that is applied to infringe on a person’s right, under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to keep and bear arms

As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, such widespread noncompliance will make federal gun control measures “nearly impossible to enforce.”  (video here)

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

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Deer Trail, Colorado Considers Issuing Drone Licenses and Bounty Program

COLORADO SPRINGS – On Aug. 6, the Deer Trail Board of Trustees will consider an ordinance to sell licenses as part of a “bounty program,” authorizing the license holders to shoot down unmanned aircraft violating the town’s “sovereign airspace.”

Up until now, the small town’s claim to fame is holding the “Worlds very first Rodeo, on July 4, 1869.”  Deer Trail is located 55 miles east of Denver, boasting a population of 546 people. With this pending  legislation, the town could become an important benchmark in an ongoing debate on sovereignty.

In an article posted on the History of Deer Trail Facebook Page, Kathy Smiley  summarized the proceedings.

“Phillip Steel presented his citizen’s initiative to the Deer Trail Board on July 2nd.” Even though this legislation is very serious to Mr. Steel, he received “a few chuckles from the Trustees and audience members” while making his presentation. “Steel did his due diligence on the seven-page ordinance, written in detailed legalese, set forth in seven sections,” to “defend the sovereign airspace of the town from unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Steel argues, “State and local governments throughout the country are talking about the fantastic possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles. It is time to take a stand against becoming a surveillance society.”

Another benefit of the ordinance  – “it would generate revenue for the Town of Deer Trail.”

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Muscotah, Kansas Passes Ordinance to Nullify Federal Gun Control

A second small city in Kansas has stepped up to add another level of defense in the battle to protect the right to keep and bear arms in the Sunflower State.

On July 8, the city of Muscotah, Kan., adopted an ordinance prohibiting any agency or person in the employ of the city 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 modeled its ordinance off one passed earlier this year in Herndon. This was not simply a resolution declaring support for the right to keep and bear arms, but a legally binding ordinance, barring any cooperation with federal agents trying to enforce acts violating the Second Amendment.

Muscotah became the third local government in Kansas to approve a legally binding act protecting the right to keep and bear arms, joining Herndon and Sedgwick County. These local actions add an additional row of teeth to the state law passed during the most recent legislative session.

Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, affirming its commitment to the Second Amendment by adopting Section 4 of the State Bill of rights. It provides for the right to keep and bear arms, for the defense of self, family, home and state. With that right under assault by an overzealous and overreaching federal government, state officials moved in to interpose. On April 16, Gov. Brownback signed “The Second Amendment Protection Act” into law. The passage and signing of the Second Amendment Protection Act represented a huge step in protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Kansas, but local support will play a vital role in the ultimate success of the new Kansas law.

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