Saturday, September 19, 2009

Pennsylvania Considers Nullification

Pennsylvania State Representative Sam Rohrer has introduced the “Firearms Freedom Act” (HB1988) for consideration in the state legislature. The bill is “An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation.”

HB1988 currently has 48 additional co-sponsors, and according to, is similar to bills recently enacted into law in both Montana and Tennessee.While the bill seems to focus solely on federal gun regulations, it has far more to do with the 10th Amendment’s limit on the power of the federal government.

The article goes on to claim that state nullification of the REAL ID Act can serve as a blueprint for responding to other federal laws. This won't work for the very simple reason that the REAL ID Act was written with such careful considerations for federalism that states did not have to implement it. That's why Congress will pass the PASS ID Act.

Many libertarians allowed themselves to be played for fools over REAL ID. REAL ID was never the threat its critics said it was, and the record has shown this to be true.

However, the fight to limit the federal government continues. Nullification may be an option to explore until the 17th Amendment is finally repealed.

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