Tensions are mounting in the Equality State as Wyoming legislators have proposed a bill that would nullify any federal law that increased restrictions on firearms and jail anyone who tries to enforce such federal law- even federal agents.
The Wyoming legislation comes just days after the recent candor of Vice President Biden who alluded to the use of an executive order to circumvent Congress in his effort to curtail Second Amendment rights. He stated,
“The president is going to act. There are executive orders, there’s executive action that can be taken.”
Wyoming is a frontier state and the second most unpopulated state in the union. HB0104 states 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.”
“The bill is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives ad two state senators. If passed, the bill would declare any federal gun regulation created on or after January 1, 2013 to be unenforceable within the state.
In addition, the bill states would charge federal officials attempting to enforce a federal gun law within the state with a felony – ‘subject to imprisonment for not more less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.’
The bill also allows the Attorney General of Wyoming to defend a state citizen from any prosecution by the United States Government.”
However, amidst calls from celebrities and politicians for stricter gun control laws, it seems that many Americans disagree- as illustrated by the fact that gun sales are smashing previous records, over 1 million so-called “high-capacity magazines” for the AR15 rifle from Magpul are on backorder from the company and the NRA has seen over 100,000 join their organization in the last 18 days.
“Rep. Kendell Kroeker, the lawmaker that spearheaded the bill, explained that he hoped that the federal government would recognize their constitutional rights based on the Tenth and Second Amendments.
‘I think that it’s necessary when the federal government violates our rights in the Constitution we have to act,’ he explained.”
The bill is expected to pass and has received a large outpouring of support from citizens of Wyoming as well as from all over the country.
The introduction of the possibility of an executive order to ban guns plays directly into the worst fears from the gun rights community. For decades, gun control advocates have scoffed at the notion of some sweeping federal crackdown coming from the executive branch; though now it seems like a serious possibility.
As President Obama has wielded his executive power to grant amnesty to millions of illegals, squash work requirements for welfare benefits, instruct the DOJ to not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and has used his executive power to cloak Attorney General Eric Holder from scrutiny in the Fast and Furious scandal, it appears to be increasingly likely that the broad, overreaching enforcement of gun control or even gun confiscation might become a reality.