Gun Control: Some States, Lawmakers Resist
January 16, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Today at noon, President Barack Obama is expected to unveil the package of gun control proposals compiled by Vice President Joe Biden’s task force and presented to the commander in chief earlier in the week. The package likely includes an assault weapons ban, background checks and restrictions on magazine and bullet sales.
Also included in Obama’s presentation is expected to be a list of 19 executive orders that the President will take unilaterally in an attempt to control guns in America.
“The issue is: Are there some sensible steps that we can take to make sure that somebody like the individual in Newtown can’t walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a — in a shockingly rapid fashion?” Obama said at a news conference Monday. “And surely we can do something about that.”
While the Administration is prepared for heavy political blowback from 2nd Amendment advocates, it has signaled that it will aggressively court control measures that can be implemented without Congressional approval.
But not all hope is lost for Americans who are opposed to the draconian gun restrictions the President is expected to unveil today. With the exception of anti-gun strongholds like New York (which is expected to pass the first State legislation banning assault weapons and limiting magazine capacity since the Sandy Hook tragedy), lawmakers in some areas of the country have already began pushing back.
Earlier in the week, junior Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said he would “seek to thwart” any attempts of executive action to implement stricter gun control laws in the United States, even if it means “filing articles of impeachment” against Obama.
In Jerusalem, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke to CBN News to weigh in on the President’s suggestion that executive orders may be used to implement new gun policy.
“I’m against having a king,” Paul said. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress– that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.
“I’ve been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican Presidents. But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment, we will fight tooth and nail,” he continued.
“And I promise you, there’ll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress,” Paul said. “And you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this.”
Beyond lawmakers seeking to thwart the Administration’s efforts to implement new gun laws via Presidential fiat, Obama and his Justice Department are also faced with a handful of States that are moving to put in place legislation to nullify the Federal gun efforts.
Here is a list of States currently working to strengthen gun rights:
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has publicly stated that he isn’t pursuing any gun control issues. Legislators in the State have proposed legislation guaranteeing protection against a Federal gun grab.
No new gun laws expected. The State has passed the Firearms Freedom Act stating that any firearms made and retained in-State are beyond the authority of Congress under its Constitutional power to regulate commerce among the States.
Lawmakers in the State have not yet introduced any firearm-specific legislation, but are expected to work to expand gun rights with the full backing of Governor Jan Brewer. The State has passed the Firearms Freedom Act.
Lawmakers in the State have introduced legislation that would relax gun restrictions to allow for carry in churches and on campuses.
Governor Terry Branstad said he will not support gun control legislation. Lawmakers in the State are expected to produce pro-gun legislation.
No gun control measures are on the legislative agenda. The State has passed the Firearms Freedom Act.
Lawmakers in the State are considering a bill to ease restrictions on concealed carry in State and municipal buildings.
Governor Phil Bryant “is strongly opposed to limiting Mississippians’ rights to bear arms.”
Republican lawmakers are forging a bill that would prohibit State enforcement of any Federal firearm bans on semi-automatic weapons and magazines. Another bill would disallow local governments’ ability to restrict firearms. Montana was the original State to pass the Firearms Freedom Act.
In response to concerns that the Federal government may try to restrict gun rights, lawmakers have proposed a Firearms Freedom Act to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of State residents.
A number of gun bills are said to be in the works in the State, but lawmakers expect that only pro-gun bills would pass. Lawmakers in the State have already passed the Firearms Freedom Act.
No anti-gun legislation is expected from Tennessee. The State has already passed a version of the Firearms Freedom Act.
The State is already a Firearms Freedom Act State.
Already a Firearms Freedom Act State, Wyoming lawmakers are backing a bill that would prohibit the State from enforcing any Federal restrictions on semi-automatic weapons or magazines. Bills also exist that would allow for concealed carry at schools and prohibit local governments from implementing gun bans.
These are States where legislative action suggests that gun control could intensify, with policies ranging from tougher background checks to all-out bans on different types of firearms being considered:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island