A state senator in Tennessee has introduced a bill that would make enforcement of federal gun-control laws illegal. State senator Mae Beavers (R) introduced the bill this week. Titled S. B. 1607, which states:
[box type=”shadow”]”Any federal enactment or federal enforcement action relating to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition, is void in this state. Any federal enactment or federal enforcement action impacting or infringing upon the rights of individuals or entities relative to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition, is void in this state.”[/box]
This is not the first time state senator Beavers has sought to defy the Obama Administration when it comes to enforcement of federal law. She has previously introduced the failed Health Care Freedom and Affordable Care Act Noncompliance Act, which would have made enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act (known as ‘Obamacare’) illegal in her home state.
Incidentally, this is also not the first time Tennessee has challenged the federal government on the issue of gun-control either. In January of last year Republican state representative Joe Carr introduced legislation that would have mandated the arrest of any state official found to be enforcing federal restrictions on firearms. The bill failed to make it past the House Civil Justice Committee.
Although state senator Beavers’ bill is unlikely to be recognised by the Obama Administration, it is not without precedent. Both Colorado and Washington state recently passed laws legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Though these bills both directly contradicted federal drug policy, so far the federal government has refused to take any action against them.
However the Obama Administration is likely to take a tougher line on the issue of gun-control given the obvious health and safety dangers non-compliance with such measures pose, especially when compared to the lack of any such danger from smoking marijuana. Even the president himself recently stated in an interview that as far as he was concerned, smoking marijuana was no more dangerous than drinking alcohol.
h/t: Opposing Views