At least six states are considering legislative action to counter new gun control laws, as reported by Martha MacCallum on America's Newsroom on Wednesday.
The list of states came during a discussion about local sheriffs who have opted to ignore gun control legislation, such as Sheriff Tim Mueller of Oregon, who sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying that "this department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional."
MacCallum reported that Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Montana, Texas, and Wyoming have all expressed interest in passing their own laws to override new laws passed by the federal government regarding gun control. A guest on the show, Judge Andrew Napolitano, noted that there is a "growing movement" in resisting any Second Amendment busting laws. The judge explained that the attitude by local and state agencies is that if the federal government creates laws, it would be up to the federal government to enforce them.
According to Napolitano, President Obama "can only tell federal law enforcement what to do," local sheriffs and state law enforcement is not under that umbrella. Importantly, oftentimes the federal government "shows up with a checkbook, and that's a great inducement to comply with what the feds want." Like any "stimulus," if one takes money from someone else, he or she becomes indebted to who controls the money.
It is important for state and local governments to resist the lure of federal money. It can create a clear conflict of interest. The best approach would be for states to live within their means. The six states mentioned by MacCallum may just be the beginning.
Watch the discussion here:
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