North Carolina Legislature Seeks to Prevent Federal Gun Control
The rights of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country. – James Madison, I Annals of Congress 434, June 8, 1789
The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
The federal government (fed gov) continues to ignore the United States Constitution in order to centralize all power in the hands of the federal bureaucracy. The effort by national politicians and fedgov bureaucrats to obliterate the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution is a never-ending power grab to bring the states under federal control and eradicate individual liberty. The power grab is never more evident than the attempt by the Obama administration to implement gun control regulations that will apply to the people and make it the responsibility of the states to enforce the regulations.
The Second Amendment is being shredded by the Obama administration, but some states like North Carolina are refusing to allow the fed gov to infringe on the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms. Representatives Mitchell Setzer and Jay Adams of the North Carolina legislature have introduced House Bill 886 titled: Second Amendment Preservation Act. The purpose of the proposed law is to preserve the people’s right to bear arms by instructing all state agencies and law enforcement departments not to enforce federal gun control regulations. The proposed law makes it clear that “a federal law, including a statute, an executive, administrative, or court order, or a rule, that infringes on a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution or Section 30 of Article I of the North Carolina Constitution, is invalid and not enforceable in this State.” The proposed law explains the any federal law that infringes on a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms includes a law that does any of the following:
1. Imposes a tax, fee, or stamp on a firearm, firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition that is not common to all other goods and services may be reasonably expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by a law-abiding citizen.
2. Requires the registration or tracking of a firearm, firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition or the owners of those items that may be reasonably expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by a law-abiding citizen.
3. Prohibits the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition by a law-abiding citizen.
4. Orders the confiscation of a firearm, firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition from a law-abiding citizen.
This proposed law is exactly what North Carolina needs to do to protect its citizens from the federal government. The law sends a message to the Obama administration and fed gov bureaucrats that North Carolina is not going to sit back and allow the federal government to deny its citizens their constitutional rights. It is a necessary step that should be taken by every state to protect its citizens against government tyranny..