Dismayed by the Obama administration’s push to reform the nation’s gun laws, state lawmakers in Wyoming are proposing legislation designed to protect gun owners from gun bans, like the one Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced into the Senate last week.
Called the “Firearms Protection Act,” the bill is essentially a ban on federal gun bans.
Though, not only would it render any new federal restriction on firearms passed after Jan. 1, 2013, null and void, it would also make it a crime for any government agent who attempts to enforce the ban.
The bill, HB0104, reads:
“An act relating to firearms; providing that any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming; proving a penalty; and providing for an effective date.”
“Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony.”
The bill also gives the Wyoming Attorney General’s office the legal authority to protect and defend any state resident from having to comply with a new federal gun law.
Wyoming State Senator Larry Hicks, who co-sponsored the measure, spoke with The Washington Examiner about the message it sends to the White House and those in Congress who support a ban on ‘assault weapons’ or a ban on high-capacity magazines.
“It says that your one size fits all solution doesn’t comport to what a vast majority of the state believes,” Hicks said in an interview a few weeks ago.
Hicks argued that the Tenth and Second Amendments give Wyoming the power to enact the law, adding that he fully expects the state legislature to pass the bill.
Rep. Kendell Kroeker, another co-sponsor of the bill, told The Washington Examiner that he’s received overwhelming support for the measure, which he sees as a necessary action.
“I think that its necessary when the federal government violates our rights in the Constitution we have to act,” he said.
Kroeker, a proud gun owner, also spoke about the knee-jerk reaction that politicians in Washington exhibit when it comes to the issue of gun-related violence.
“People in Washington tend to overreact,” Kroeker explained. “They try to place blame on gun owners punishing in the innocent to pay for the crimes of the guilty.”
As noted by The Blaze, it’s not clear as to whether the “Firearms Protection Act” would withstand constitutional scrutiny, in that the “Supremacy Clause” says that federal law overrules state law when the two conflict.
Already, it appears that federal lawmakers are conceding that Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban, which includes a ban high-capacity magazines is not political feasible.
Barring some unforeseen disaster, it looks like Congress will not move forward on and AWB. Though, universal background checks is a different story.