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Will you let House leadership get away with this?
And these are the same folks in so-called leadership that pushed to stop me from video taping floor activity (on behalf of WyGO) from the “public” gallery in the Capitol — because they don’t want you to know what’s really going on under their so-called “leadership.”
The orders were to stop Bouchard (me) from video recording because it’s “their house” and they make the rules!
The reality is they just don’t want to be held accountable by anyone, and certainly not by Wyoming Gun Owners!
But now as a corrupt politician slides into the Wyoming Legislature, we see more of the same from the leaders.
Over the years several complaints have been filed against a politician while in office. And it is unfortunate for Campbell county residents that all prior complaints fell on deaf ears.
Sometimes justice comes later than sooner…
The current Governor, previous Governors, and let’s not forget the several prosecutors who were all given an opportunity to review complaints. Now they are all in a real conundrum for covering up for Sheriff Bill Pownall.
Of course WyGO was “on the ground” during Bill Pownall’s last Sheriff campaign in 2010.
***During his campaign several recordings of Sheriff Pownall were revealed, including evidence that he obtained and possessed at least one class III weapon without forgoing the required federal paperwork.
(You and I would go to jail and serve a hefty term for that offense)
***Insiders close to Pownall stated that as Sheriff he would refuse any applications by lawful citizens for Class III weapons.
(We take that as, only Pownall should own them)
***Insiders also leaked that Pownall was working on a gun owners database.
(A traffic stop gun registry for law abiding citizens)
There was even more…In fact, an entire slew of other reasons led us to believe that Pownall was a bad apple. Like all criminals, by the time they are finally discovered, they have already broken the law repeatedly.
And this is what election cycles are about, looking at backgrounds, reviewing actions, and verifying the credibility of any accusations against a candidate. Check, WyGO did that.
This is why WyGO worked diligently to expose Pownall’s real record and his refusal to answer our gun rights survey. And back in the sheriff’s race WyGO also pointed out that Pownall’s opponent, Dave Lauck, answered WyGO’s survey 100% correct .
Accordingly, WyGO ran a hard hitting radio campaign in Campbell county, and was the only organization taking a stand against Pownall.
During his run for House district 52, Pownall refused to answer WyGO’s survey once again.
Pownall is a fine example of this: If any candidate doesn’t trust you with your own guns, then you shouldn’t trust them with anything at all!
So why am I dragging out Pownall’s past corrupt accusations?
Here it comes, wait for it…
Recently unnamed complainants working inside of Pownall’s Sheriff Administration finally had enough of it, and sealed and delivered the evidence. Only this time there were too many people in the loop to turn a blind eye.
As it was during Pownall’s previous elections, the corruption could no longer be covered up. He and his political operatives could no longer cry foul against the evidence.
And what is the latest charge against the Campbell county top law enforcement officer?
Pownall directed his deputies to cover-up an arrest of his own son for — drunk driving.
And now with the WY Attorney General advancing to remove Pownall as Sheriff. We see exactly the opposite from the House leadership who call the legislature “their house.”
Instead of putting the brakes on Pownall, as they are empowered to do, they are just going about business as usual. Just last week leadership appointed Pownall to the powerful Wyoming House Judiciary Committee.
This is the committee, that is most likely to hear gun bills. And Pownall, a politician whose actions as Sheriff puts himself above the law — is now empowered by House leadership to dictate over the lives of Wyoming citizens statewide.
Real leadership would have refused to place Pownell on Judiciary and instead be calling for a special election for House District 52!
But all of this isn’t only on the shoulders of the so-called Leadership!
A super majority in the Wyoming house elected Kermit Brown and Rosie Berger to be their leaders — all by a secret ballot behind closed doors.
But we have a very reliable indication of who the house reps are in this “secret” majority. They are likely the same candidates who ran for the Wyoming house that also refused to answer Wyoming Gun Owners gun rights survey.
These are the politicians who refuse to put their real views on the Second Amendment in writing. And are the likely bunch that is responsible for electing current House leadership.
Kermit Brown and Rosie Berger have repeatedly refused to answer WyGO’s surveys as well.
All of this is the same kind of action you see in Washington DC, the good old boys are in control!
Like you, we’re mad as hell and were not to take it anymore!
Please share this e-mail with as many people as you can, because in the coming days WyGO is going to be calling for action!
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The more that some public officials overstep their authority, the more that voters — and others — are stepping up and saying, “Stop!”
The 2014 congressional elections represented a collective shout by voters to politicians and bureaucrats to back off. Way off.
Consider the case of Arnold Abbott, a 90-year old involved in feeding the needy at the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This “scofflaw” is a serial free food dispenser to the poor who come to his church for meals.
Abbott was arrested by the Ft. Lauderdale police for his supposed threat to the peace of society. During the arrest, an officer shouted to Arnold, “Drop that plate right now!”
You read that right. Arnold was not told to “Drop that gun right now,” but rather “to drop that plate!” Onlookers were outraged and shouted: “Shame on you!” to the officers.
Arnold has beaten the city before in court, and expects to see them in court soon on their new law making his charitable activities a criminal offense.
Ideally, the Broward County Sheriff would inform the Ft. Lauderdale police that they would be arrested if they attempted to arrest Mr. Arnold. So far, that has not happened.
In other counties, however, sheriffs have interposed themselves between their people and the threat of rogue power from wayward officials.
America’s history illustrates this on a grand scale. Our War for Independence quickly grew from militia encounters to armed resistance directed and financed (however fecklessly) by the Continental Congress.
In the last century, veterans returning from World War II found that their city of Athens, Tennessee was controlled by a very corrupt machine. When the August, 1946 Democrat primary election (the only election in town) was literally stolen (the police walked off with the ballot boxes), the armed people of McMinn County rose up and rousted the corrupt regime. Clean elections then gave a victory to the reform slate.
The Second Amendment was intended to protect the people’s personal arms so they would be able to resist tyranny should an American government ever go off the rails of the Constitution and rule tyrannically. The Battle of Athens was an applied case of what the Second Amendment is intended to make possible.
In Elkhart County, Indiana, the people have elected a Constitutional Sheriff who has had occasion to interpose himself between the Food and Drug Administration and a county dairy farmer. The FDA was threatening to confiscate the farmer’s dairy equipment because they don’t like raw milk — even though they can point to no problems. Elkhart Sheriff Brad Rogers threatened to arrest any FDA agents making further visits to the farmer’s property. End of the FDA threat.
The voters of Elkhart County indicated their strong support for Sheriff Rogers’ interposition. He was just reelected with 75 percent of the vote.
Rogers’ warning to the FDA has kept the peace in Elkhart County. Let us hope the time will come soon when Broward County will have a sheriff who understands his role as a keeper of the peace against the Ft. Lauderdale food police.
Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, a grassroots gun lobby with a million members and activists.
“Hey, Martin,” he called out across the room at a meeting I attended recently.
He walked closer so that no one would hear what he was about to say.
“What chance do you give our survival as a nation?” he asked.
“Not much,” I said, as I walked off. I did not want to engage in this type of conversation in a setting where eavesdropping ears were nearby. He followed me to an area off to the side of the room where he continued to press me on the issue.
“That’s a terribly morbid assessment there, Martin. I would have hoped that you would not take such a morbid point of view.”
“Morbid or not,” I said, “Those are the facts. Either we face the facts and do something drastic to save us from disintegration as a free nation, or we can go on pretending that this is only a passing phase, a part of a cycle that is to be expected, knowing that the pendulum will swing back in the other direction. The only problem is this time, the pendulum is not swinging back. This is not a passing phase in a cycle. Too many of our freedoms have been annihilated by this government, and too much of the Constitution has been shredded for this to be merely a passing phase.
“What has happened,” I continued, “is that we as a nation have crossed the threshold into a post-Constitutional era. Once that happens our freedoms and liberties and rights are either vulnerable or completely gone.
“Note the lesson of history,” I said. “Once freedoms are trampled upon and rendered inoperative by oppressive government, that government never gives those liberties back to the people. Never. The people are forced to take them back.”
The United States has already outlived all other great nations in history. As noted by the following quote that has been attributed to various and sundry political experts, “Great nations rise and fall in 200 year cycles.” We as Americans are already well beyond that limit.
And as incredibly pessimistic a statement such as the following may be, it is a terrible truth that must be faced — the upcoming election in November is not going to save us from our current fateful course. Too many Americans have thrown in with peddlers of taxpayer funded entitlements that they will continue to vote for them no matter what. Even if the Senate goes Republican we are not out of the woods. Too many of them have aligned themselves with the D.C. elitist class. To be sure there are candidates and elected officials here and there who are trying their best to guard the Constitution and restore the parts that have been shredded. But there are not enough of them.
Thus, so far precious little has been done to stop the ominous tide of “progressive” anti-constitutionalists who are leading us over the cliff. Unless this is stopped, we’re done.
And the next step will be war. Patriots will never start a war due to the fact that most of us hate war with a passion. Americans have never supported war activity unless we were forced into it. The problem is we are gradually being forced into it by the progressive cabal that is firmly embedded in the permanent political class. Sooner or later the forces of anti-freedom will do something stupid and fire off some shots at the citizenry. When that happens all bets are off. There will be no stopping what will follow. Even those of us who do not want any civilians hurt will have little or no say in the matter. Once this genie is out of the bottle, it will take on a life of its own that will be out of our hands
As you will recall, GOA rallied gun owners several times over the past couple of months in opposition to Operation Choke Point.
Well, faced with a devastating barrage from the Second Amendment community, the Obama administration has staged a hasty retreat on its plan to shut off credit for gun stores through “Operation Choke Point.”
According to an article in The Washington Times, “[g]un retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed ‘high risk’ by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew [this list]” last week.
The FDIC said its efforts to destroy the gun industry “led to misunderstandings.”
But frankly, the only “misunderstanding” in the actions by the FDIC and Eric Holder’s “Operation Choke Point” involved Obama’s misunderstanding of the withering response to his slimy efforts to destroy the Second amendment “by the back door.”
With the support of GOA, appropriations legislation in the House had language which would have eliminated Operation Choke Point entirely. And Harry Reid was forced to pull the bill and derail the appropriations process after Senator Rand Paul, with our urging, threatened to force endangered Democrats to vote on the issue in that chamber.
As is always the case with Barack Obama, one can never assume that he has backed away from his efforts to destroy the Second Amendment.
But last week’s actions are pretty good news for the gun community. So thanks again for all your hard work!
GOA issues official rebuke to President Obama
As Congress leaves for its August recess, Gun Owners of America is turning up the heat on the White House.
GOA today posted an Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama and pressed him to revise the official White House explanation of the Second Amendment.
Thousands of children across the nation use this official site to get help in understanding the Constitution while doing reports for their civics classes.
Given that fact, the Presidential misunderstanding of our God-given rights — and confusing them with mere privileges — is simply atrocious.
Go here to read the President’s description of the Second Amendment to read GOA’s response to it.
GOA educating the masses as to how guns save lives
While the national media has engaged in a virtual blackout of the tremendous news story out of Darby, Pennsylvania, GOA is helping to spread the news from coast to coast.
As we mentioned in our alert last week, a concealed carry holder in at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital saved countless lives on July 24 when he used his firearm to stop a killer who was bent on taking down even more innocent lives.
GOA has published several iterations of this story on its Facebook page … has profiled it on the GOA website … is highlighting this self-defense shooting on other sites and talk shows nationwide … and is currently working on publishing a video for students and media types alike.
From the very beginning in 2006, the federal government began to develop and is now using a secret blacklist to label citizens as terrorists. The year 2006 marks the year collectivists/progressives took control of the two houses of Congress, with supermajorities in both. Then, in 2008 the progressive cabal sealed the fate of freedom and the citizens who wish to preserve it by getting their man elected to the presidency.
While it is true that the groundwork for the blacklist was laid during the administration of George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the current administration has taken the notion of a blacklist to a whole new level. In 2001 the objective was to develop a no fly list that would prevent suspected terrorists from flying in commercial aircraft. But when Congress changed hands in 2006 and Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the concept of the no fly list was vastly expanded. Not only does the government have a no fly list but a secret blacklist as well that supposedly contains the names of known terrorists and potential terrorists who reside in the United States.
Many conservatives and libertarians sounded the alarm when the government began spying on American citizens. The warning was clear. When government begins to engage in this behavior it bodes ill for freedom and points to malevolent intent. Apparently the alarm was no fantasy land tale conjured up by paranoid minds. Instead, the dire warnings identified something all too real — the march toward tyranny within our own government.
Even worse is the fact that the blacklist contains the names of people who have never engaged in terrorist activity, never belonged to any identified terrorist group, and never had the slightest inclination to do so. Not only are known or suspected terrorists blacklisted but so are all of their family members and friends, regardless. The guilt is by association. If you are unfortunate enough to have a relative who joins a terrorist group, then you, yourself, must be a terrorist as well. After all, your third cousin twice removed is a terrorist.
But the most chilling fact of all concerning this blacklist is that a citizen’s political views can easily get them labeled as a terrorist. If you oppose the Obama administration, join a Tea Party group to express your disdain, or merely belong to a gun rights group, you could easily find yourself on the blacklist. After all, the administration has already targeted conservative and Tea Party groups using the IRS.
Is there concrete proof that the blacklist exists? Indeed, there is. Not only is it 100 percent true that the blacklist exists, but investigators at The Intercept has a copy of it. The Intercept is a special section of the publication known as “First Look,” and the blacklist handbook has been republished in full in that section.
According to The Intercept, the federal government developed the handbook in consultation with every law enforcement agency in America, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon. The handbook is titled, “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance.” A key paragraph describing how the handbook is to be used is as follows:
“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.” Shamsi, who reviewed the document, added, “These criteria should never have been kept secret.”
Further, the behaviors that can get a citizen added to the blacklist include nothing more than doing damage to government computers. Tampering with computers used by financial corporations can get you labeled as a terrorist. Attempting to influence government policy using “intimidation” is another criterion. But the handbook fails to define the word “intimidation.” This means that the agencies who use the handbook get to define the word — not exactly what the Framers had in mind when they insisted that no citizen be considered guilty until they are proved to be guilty in a court of law.
A former FBI senior special agent described the process this way:
“If reasonable suspicion is the only standard you need to label somebody, then it’s a slippery slope we’re sliding down here, because then you can label anybody anything,” says David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent with experience running high-profile terrorism investigations. “Because you appear on a telephone list of somebody doesn’t make you a terrorist. That’s the kind of information that gets put in there.”
And once you are labeled as a terrorist or a potential terrorist, whether it is actually true or not, you will likely carry that designation with you to the grave. This would amount to a devastating impact on your ability to find a job, open a bank account, or even get a license to drive a car. Once you get added to the blacklist, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to get your name off the list.
The specific details of the program are spelled out in the document linked above. Since all Americans, no matter who they are, are vulnerable to this type of program, it is imperative to thoroughly pour over this document that blows the whistle on what the federal government has been up to, right under our noses.
(Hat tip to WRSA).
You may also be interested in the following:
My personal blog, The Liberty Sphere.
My popular series titled, Musings After Midnight.
Even though the recent Judiciary committee heard you ‘loud and clear’ when they shut down the background check expansion legislation in May.
The NRA isn’t listening and continues to push the so-called Fix NICS agenda in Wyoming!
The 2014 NRA candidate survey is so telling of their real intentions:
The fact that this question is on their survey means that they will be pushing this agenda again — and if he’s re-elected, use their own NRA “A” rated Senator Fred Emerich, who BTW voted NO on pro-gun legislation SF-104 in 2011.
Because when it comes to the background check expansion scheme, Anti-Gun Senator Emerich is their boy!
You can bet he earns another “A” rating for it too.
This agenda to expand NICS is also being spearheaded by former NY Mayor Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun organization, touted as Fatal Gaps.
Sadly this is happening on the heels of Obama’s 11 signed Executive Orders to change — background checks, health-care privacy regulations and gun owner data sharing — into a keystroke gun registration system.
Obama’s executive order summary:
1. Require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. (Share all data)
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. (Privacy)
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. (Bribes to the states)
4. Propose rule-making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun. (Even on a simple traffic stop)
5. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers. (Preparing for regulations on private sales)
6. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. (This information was once private, it will now go on your permanent record)
7. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities. (Doctor patient confidentiality gone)
8. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover. (Details to record gun owners)
9. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within Obamacare exchanges. (More gun owner regulations underwritten in the details)
10. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations. (etc.)
11. Launch a national dialogue on mental health. (etc.)
By contrast WyGO’s 2014 candidate survey asks these questions relating to Brady and private sales:
The NRA isn’t working for gun owners in Wyoming and instead is using their $300 million to work for the wrong team!
And the NRA’s actions?
In 2011 when WyGO was on the ground pushing Constitutional Carry at the legislature, the NRA was completly absent from the fight.
In 2012 the NRA actually provided a draft to the Wyoming Security Commission expanding gun free zones in every county building in Wyoming.
In 2014 the NRA didn’t even make a peep on HB-119, legislation that would have repealed gun free zones in Wyoming.
Later in 2014 the NRA flew in field Rep. Dakota Moore to support background check expansion, while WyGO was expending an incredible amount of WyGO member resources in direct mail to kill this dangerous legislation.
The NRA’s record in wyoming shows they have put their money to work just helping Obama’s keystroke registration scheme!
Please contact Wayne LaPierre at(800) 672-3888 and tell him how you feel!
And if you haven’t done so please throw your financial support to Wyoming’s ONLY ‘boots on the ground’ gun rights organization in the state.
Wyoming Gun Owners
P.S. The NRA is working to promote Obama’s background expansion/Registration scheme.
The NRA 2014 candidate survey has revealed that they will continue to push their so-called FixNICS campaign using the money taken from their members, under the premise they will fight against gun control.
The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday:
- Barrett Firearms
- Exile Machine
- Tier One Arms
- Bravo Company USA
- Primary Weapons Systems
- Crusader Weaponry
- Top Gun Supply
- Kiss Tactical
- Clark Fork Tactical
- OFA Tactical
- One Source Tactical
- Templar Tactical Arms
- NEMO Arms
- Old Grouch’s Military Surplus
- Big Horn Armory
- Midway USA
- CMMG Inc
- Rocky Top Tactical
- Badger Peak
- Controlled Chaos Arms
- SRT Arms
- Norton Firearms
- Citizen Arms
- Evolution Weaponry
- Doublestar Corp
- JCW Industries
- Huntertown Arms
Steve Adelmann of Citizen Arms shared the following from his company’s statement, made the day after New York changed its laws:
”Due to legal, ethical and moral concerns, Citizen Arms offers only those custom firearms that are legal for all lawful citizens of a given state to possess, regardless of law enforcement status. LE personnel living in states where citizens must have restrictive features will only receive like product support from Citizen Arms. We’re very appreciative of the sacrifices made by the law enforcement community but we’re even more appreciative of the right guaranteed to all law-abiding US citizens by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution: A well regulated militia, necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.
On February 20th, as our story was hitting the web, Ronnie Barrett, the Chairman and CEO of Barrett Firearms posted his company’s position statement on their Facebook page:
Barrett’s Position Regarding the Assault on Liberty
Barrett opposes those who are illegally disarming the American public from their efficient arms and creating superior armed elitist government agencies.
Elected state officials of New York, having been sworn to protect our Constitution, have instead committed an offense against it and their citizens by stripping inalienable rights duly protected and guaranteed under th…e Second Amendment. By their deliberate and sinister actions, these officials now cause their state and local policing agencies to enforce these unconstitutional and illegal so called “laws”.
By current law, Barrett cannot be an accomplice with any lawbreaker, therefore, cannot and will not service or sell to New York government agencies. Barrett also applies this stance to the individual elected official who, as a matter of public record, has voted for or created regulation that violates the constitutional rights of their citizens. This is an expansion of our 2002 ban against the California government due to their second amendment infringements, and shall apply to any future violators.
In the course of world history there have been officials that strip inalienable rights from the people that were given to all by our Creator. Most of these officials inevitably come to trial, some do not.
Intentionally violating constitutional rights by officials that have sworn to uphold them should have severe prison sentences.
With the clear vision of horrible events in history repeating itself, all manufacturers of firearms or related equipment remaining in partnership with such violators should have a respectable fear of being found with the guilty on their day of trial.
During this era of assault on liberty, Barrett will remain steadfast in our efforts to serve law-abiding citizens of all fifty states, and stands together with you in the struggles we will fight and win.
Jeffrey Norton of Norton Firearms not only sends a message about the Second Amendment, but also reminds folks that our rights come to us from “our US Constitution and our Creator.”
Norton Firearms, Inc. is a strong defender of the US Constitution, not only the 2nd amendment. We believe that a government that restricts it Citizens from executing their Constitutional Rights is no longer a government for the people or by the people. It is our policy not to sell our products or services to any organization that tries to diminish the rights given to us by our US Constitution and our Creator. If you are a government agency with a policy of restricting our Constitutional Rights we ask that you take our tax dollars and spend it somewhere else. I am sure there is some profiteering communist foreign company that will be glad to take our dollars for their gain. We will only sell to law abiding, Citizens and those agencies that truly support and will defend The US Constitution.
Doug Prince of Evolution Weaponry told TheBlaze, “Evolution Weaponry is proud to say you can add us to that list.”
I am a US Army veteran. I received a medical discharge due to combat related injuries after 6 years of service. I am a strong believer in American veterans, the US Constitution and individual liberty. My service to this country is among my greatest accomplishments in my life to this point and I carry what I have learned from that into every endeavor I undertake.
Arizona’s Kiss Tactical’s Facebook page also carries a story about denying a California police officer’s request to purchase an AR-15.
On Saturday I refused to sell a AR-15 rifle to a police officer from California. He came into my shop and wanted to buy his duty gun in AZ because the same gun in his home state would cost him more. I told him that I would not sell him the gun even though he had his department letter saying he was able to buy it. I told him that if the gun was not legal for law abiding men and women in CA, I would not sell it to him. after he told me that “civilians don’t need them type of guns” I asked to leave my shop. as he stomped out mad.
Doublestar Corporation (which includes J&T Distributing, DoubleStar Corp., Ace Limited, and the DoubleStar Training Academy) will also be unavailable to law enforcement and government agencies in states suppressing citizen’s rights.
Effective immediately, the J&T Family of Companies will be joining other manufacturers and distributors by ceasing sales of regulated items in states that have altered the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.
There are also a host of smaller outlets taking a stand.
Witness the recent news from Old Grouch’s Military Surplus in North Carolina:
In support of our customers in the state of New York, effective today we are cancelling all orders to any state or municipal government agency customers in the New York and will accept no more. While we can’t stop the trampling of rights that is occurring there, we certainly can make sure we don’t assist in it in any way going forward.
We hope to keep this list as accurate as possible and will update it with news and additions as we receive them and can confirm their accuracy. Please forward any information directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also follow the efforts to encourage other companies to join this group here.
P.S. Bloomberg’s lapdogs — the Newtown Connecticut based — National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) along with the NRA were caught red handed pushing a gun registration scheme here in Wyoming.
BOISE, March 21, 2014 – On Thursday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) signed a bill, which would effectively nullify future federal gun laws, by prohibiting state enforcement of any future federal act relating to personal firearms, a firearm accessories or ammunition.
S1332 passed the house by a vote of 68-0 and the senate by a vote of 34-0. Alaska and Kansas have also passed similar laws.
Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America, cheered the governor’s action. “By signing this nullification bill into law, Idaho has joined an elite class of states that are telling the feds to ‘get lost’ ��especially when it comes to unconstitutional gun control infringements”
Introduced by the State Affairs Committee, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, will:
“protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal executive orders, agency orders, statutes, laws, rules, or regulations enacted or promulgated on or after the effective date of this act, to violate their oath of office and Idaho citizens’ rights under Section 11, Article I, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho.”
The legislation continued:
any official, agent or employee of the state of Idaho or a political subdivision thereof who knowingly and willfully orders an official, agent or employee of the state of Idaho or a political subdivision of the state to enforce any executive order, agency order, law, rule or regulation of the United States government as provided in subsection (2) of this section upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition shall, on a first violation, be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) which shall be paid into the general fund of the state…
S1332 also includes an emergency provision meaning it takes effect immediately upon signature.
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey considered the legislation a good start. “This is an important first step for Idaho,” he said. “Getting this law passed will ensure that any new plans or executive orders that might be coming our way will not be enforced in Idaho. Then, once this method is established and shown to be effective, legislators can circle back and start doing the same for federal gun control already on the books. SB1332 is an important building block for protecting the 2nd Amendment in Idaho.”
Passage into law represents a giant step forward in protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Idaho. As the law now stands, state and local law enforcement will not cooperate with all future federal firearm laws.
The bill rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce and federal act or program The anti-commandeering doctrine rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. Printz v. United States serves as the cornerstone.
Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin said that the new Idaho law has opened Pandora’s box even wider.
“People are beginning to realize that this practice is completely constitutional and legal. In the near future, you will see a wave of states passing even broader legislation to fight the federal government on everything ranging from more traditionally liberal issues like hemp and marijuana, to more conservative issues like Obamacare.” Boldin continued, “Nullification isn’t a left vs. right issue. It destroys the fallacy of the left right paradigm and is the remedy for all unconstitutional laws.”
By: Michael Lotfi - Mar 22, 2014
The answer to my question? Well, we had a similar law being considered here. However our “leaders” succumbed to the pressures that are opposed to freedom and liberty. The election looms friends. Let us all remember who had the courage to stand and be counted as among those that support our most deeply held values. As well as remembering those that did not.