Over at Creative Loafing, Max Blau writes about a bill in the legislature that would make future federal firearms restrictions unenforceable in Georgia. Authored by GOP Rep. Tom Kirby of Loganville, House Bill 732 would limit state agencies and gun dealers from enforcing:
Any federal law, rule, regulation, or order which becomes effective on or after January 20 1, 2014, which:
(1) Bans or restricts ownership of a firearm, including, but not limited to, a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or
(2) Requires any firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner
shall be unenforceable within this state.
The bill is co-sponsored by Delvis Dutton of Glennville, Paulette Braddock of Powder Springs, Kevin Cooke of Carrollton, David Stover of Newnan, and Trey Kelley of Cedartown. It has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Kirby is quoted in the story as saying, “It’s sad that we need a bill like this. We want to remind Congress that they don’t have the right to violate the Second Amendment more than anyone else.”
The state of Montana was the first to enact what has become known as the Firearms Freedom Act in 2009. It was found to be unconstitutional by a federal circuit court. This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion.
The bill is the second to be filed in 2014 seeking a restriction of federal power. House Bill 707, which would prevent the state from implementing health care exchanges, and prevent any governing body in Georgia from enforcing the Affordable Care Act. Introduced by Jason Spencer of Woodbine, it is cosponsored by Stover and Cooke, among others.
Many Georgians are enthusiastic supporters of local control. In addition to gun rights and healthcare, we’ve seen it in the opposition to Agenda 21, and currently, the fear and loathing of the Common Core educational standards. This desire for local control has now made it to the legislature.
Are efforts to limit the power of the federal government good or bad? Could there be unforeseen negative consequences? Is the legislature wasting time trying to pass a bill that would limit some future law to be passed by the feds? Tell us in the comments.