Another state legislature has made a statement against the federal government’s overreach of power. The most recent being the ObamaCare Nullification in SC State House.
This time it was the State Senate in Missouri. This past Thursday, that legislative body passed a bill the would block any federal action to infringe on their citizens right to keep and bear arms. The bill overwhelmingly passed with a 26-6 result. This bill had been previously passed by the Missouri State House.
The specifics of the bill indicate that it would deny the authority of the federal government to attempt to enforce any unconstitutional law that would “restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms…within the borders of Missouri…”
The bill now goes back to the State House of Representatives since the Senate amended the original bill before passing it. After that, it goes to Governor Jay Nixon.
The tide against federal overreach of power seems to be turning toward states rights and the right to nullify any unconstitutional legislation.
The fact is, despite what one of our State Senators here in Oklahoma seems to think, that nullification is an option that a state can use. Whether it is an unconstitutional law regarding gun restrictions or an unconstitutional law regarding healthcare, nullification is the key to keeping the federal government out of the states’ business.
This nation’s government was conceived with the idea that the federal government would only have a small set of defined powers and everything else was to be left up to the states. That was the very reason that the Tenth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution.
As stated in a recent New American article,
“Whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are..void…
“By a vote of 115-41, state lawmakers approved the Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB 436) with nine Democrats crossing the aisle…”