8 and Counting: Alaska Passes Firearms Freedom Act

The Alaska legislature has concurred in passing House Bill 186 (HB186), the Firearms Freedom Act. It first passed the State house in 2009 by a vote of 32-7, and the Senate approved this past week by a vote of 18-1. (h/t Tom Mortensen) Upon an expected signature from the Governor, Alaska will become the 8th…

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Nebraska Legislature Affirms 10th Amendment

This week, the Nebraska legislature voted to approve LR539, a memorial in support of the “principles of federalism in accord with the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.” Nebraska is now the 13th state – joining Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, South Carolina and Tennessee –…

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MD Senate: “Don’t Bogart that Joint, My Friend!”

On April 10, the Maryland Senate voted 35-12 to allow marijuana use by prescription. The bill now moves to the House. Fourteen other states currently allow medical marijuana use. California is taking a step further and will allow its voters to choose to legalize marijuana use for all adults on this November’s ballot. Alcohol was…

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10th Amendment at Work: Will Ohio Legalize Medical Marijuana?

The Tenth Amendment codifies in law that “We the People” of the several states created the federal government to be our agent for certain enumerated purposes only – those powers delegated to the federal government in the Constitution. An honest reading of the Constitution with an original understanding of the Founders and Ratifiers makes it…

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Idaho Governor Signs Firearms Freedom Act into Law

Today, Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter signed House Bill 589 (HB589), the Firearms Freedom Act. The Senate voted 27-7 and the House passed it by a vote of 53-15. Idaho is now the 7th state to pass the act into law, joining Montana, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Arizona. The bill makes law that guns…

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The Arizona Firearms Freedom Act Becomes Law

On Monday Arizona made a bold move to check unlimited federal power. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the Arizona Firearms Freedom Act (HB 2307) into law, making Arizona the sixth state to pass this type of historic Tenth Amendment legislation. However, this was hardly Arizona’s first act of defiance against federal overreach. Last year, the…

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ObamaCare or Federalism: There Can Be Only One

Being the statists that they are, it’s only natural Congress and the president should think simply passing and signing a bill makes it reality. But, in reality, a law with implications as vast as ObamaCare requires wholehearted state cooperation to implement. Cooperation unlikely to be soon forthcoming. Upwards of 30 states currently have plans to oppose…

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Utah Governor Signs Law Nullifying Real ID

In 2005, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the “Real-ID Act” – which created national standards for driver’s license and identification cards. Opponents across the political spectrum have been resisting it for various reasons – it’s a privacy risk, is yet another unfunded mandate, and most importantly, the exercise of such federal power is not authorized by…

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Idaho Legislature Passes the Firearms Freedom Act

The Idaho legislature has passed House Bill 589 (HB589), the Firearms Freedom Act. The Senate voted 27-7 and the House passed it by a vote of 53-15. Insiders expect Governor Otter to sign the bill soon, which would make the state the 6th to have pass the act into law – joining Montana, Tennessee, Utah,…

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