States and Nullification of Enforcement of Federal Laws

Does anyone else see this trend of states getting fed up with the federal government and enacting legislation (or coming close to anyway) that nullifies federal laws?

I find it interesting but a little unnerving.

Does this bring us closer to my concerns of civil unrest or rebellion?

  • More than a dozen state may be nullifying Obama Care
  • Missouri – The governor has a bill to consider nullification of federal gun laws
  • Kansas (and others)- passed a law that guns made and owned in Kansas were exempt from federal firearms laws
  • Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana possession and use.
  • Washington legalizes gay marriage
  • Pennsylvania –  may be nullifying federal bans on some weapons and ammunition
  • or even the opposite, states try to help the feds by trying to enforce voting or immigration law and the feds can’t permit THAT.

I am sure that there are other examples.

So if states won’t enforce the federal laws, then I guess the feds will have to ramp up their staffing to be able to enforce their own laws.. What a concept.

At some point, the federal government went feral and now the states have decided that they need to take back some of their domain.

Do we see an end to this? What other areas will states start to take back?

How will the feds compensate for their losses in power?
The federal government need to constrict its size and power.

Will they have a flippin’ temper tantrum and over-react?

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6 thoughts on “States and Nullification of Enforcement of Federal Laws”

  1. Three new Gun laws have gone to the Texas Senate today, all of which negate the Federal gun laws and will put any federal agent trying to enforce them in the state in jail. Additionally, the legislature is drafting a bill that will actively promote chasing gun and ammo manufacturers to relocate in Texas. Once they are here…….

        1. You know, Texas is on my list of states to visit. My only time in the Lone Star State was during a layover for about 45 minutes in Dallas-Fort Worth airport. I did not even have the chance to step outside and look around (pre-9/11).The closest that I have been other than that was I-80 to the north, Phoenix to the West, and Phoenix City AL to the east.

  2. Subject: Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

    Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston – National Guard units
    seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were
    ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law
    enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured
    before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that
    the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the
    radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for
    recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The
    governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals,” issued an
    executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has
    interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order. The
    military raid on the extremist arsenal followed widespread refusal by the
    local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier
    in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between
    government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the
    forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

    One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out
    that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed
    the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily." Government troops
    initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and
    ammunition.

    However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met
    with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off
    regarding the government's plans. During a tense standoff in Lexington’s
    town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government
    operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes.
    The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one
    of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing
    exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the
    radical extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored,
    armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.
    Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a
    retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint
    task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also
    demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the
    attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John
    Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction,
    remain at large.

    And this, people, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775.

    "A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll
    probably never need one again"

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