Sunday, July 19, 2009

ATF Claims Second Amendment Does Not Apply to Them

Tennessee state law nullifies all federal regulation of guns. The ATF says that federal law, whether Constitutional or not, is supreme:

Constitutional historian Kevin R.C. Gutzman sees this as something far removed from the founders’ vision of constitutional government:

“The letter [from the ATF] says, in part, ‘because the Act conflicts with Federal firearms laws and regulations, Federal law supersedes the Act, and all provisions of the Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act, and their corresponding regulations, continue to apply.’ That is precisely what I predicted the Federal Government’s response to the Tennessee act would be. As I told Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox News’s Glenn Beck Program on June 5, 2009, federal officials don’t care about a good historical argument concerning the meaning of the Constitution.”

“Their view is that the states exist for the administrative convenience of the Federal Government, and so of course any conflict between state and federal policy must be resolved in favor of the latter.”

“This is another way of saying that the Tenth Amendment is not binding on the Federal Government. Of course, that amounts to saying that federal officials have decided to ignore the Constitution when it doesn’t suit them.”

All three branches of the federal government have, for a long time, colluded in order to violate Constitutional limitations using the Commerce Clause and the doctrine of Incorporation. None of the branches of the federal government can be trusted. In order to keep power from centralizing in the federal government, the 17th Amendment must be repealed. Restoring state representation will preserve all of our individual rights, enumerated and otherwise.


Idahoser said...

It's a bit silly to complain that the FedGov won't abide by TN law, when TN has some of the stupidest laws in the former Republic. After all, besides RomneyCare, TennCare is the best example of HillaryCare they want for all of you.

Sure, there are some bright spots (until you find out they have no meaning) in TN laws lately, but don't worry, we're not actually as good as it looks. Sure we got Jimmy Naifeh out of the speaker's chair, but now he's just standing behind it pulling the Republitard's strings.

Shamgar said...

That's not exactly a valid argument. This is not about the Feds abiding by TN law, it's about the Feds abiding by the Constitution.