Virginia Joins North Dakota In Proposing Legislation To Protect Against Federal Gun Control

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Here in North Dakota, Rep. Roscoe Streyle has introduced HB1183 which would prohibit the use of state resources to enforce any new federal gun control laws.

Over in Virginia state legislators are moving forward on a similar bill aimed at accomplishing the same goal. From the Washington Post:

Marshall said the measure is meant to protect gun owners from efforts to tighten gun laws in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred shortly before Christmas.

The bill would “Prevent any agency, political subdivision, or employee of Virginia from assisting the Federal government of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, detention, arrest, search, or seizure, under the authority of any federal statute enacted, or Executive Order or regulation issued, after December 31, 2012, infringing the individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms by imposing new restrictions on private ownership or private transfer of firearms, firearm magazines, ammunition, or components thereof,” according to the measure’s official summary.

“This is really an assault on second amendment rights and it has nothing to do with gun safety,” Marshall said of federal legislation.

Meanwhile local law enforcement agents across the nation are pushing back against these new gun control laws too. The feeling from those law enforcement types seems to be that they don’t want their jobs complicated by a lot of new regulations from the feds.

Who can blame them, but that’s an interesting contrast with law enforcement officials here in North Dakota who have been skeptical, if not outright hostile, toward Rep. Streyle’s bill.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • RCND

    It was great to hear ND law enforcement did not oppose this bill during the hearing. In light of what is happening in their profession nationwide, lets hope the trend continues, and Ternes is only speaking for himself (or more to the point, his mayor)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489524484 Rebecca Leigh Randolph

    I am never moving out of the great Commonwealth of Virginia!! For a second, I thought to myself “I wonder if it has a chance at passing” but then I quickly remembered that the GOP controls the both chambers of the General Assembly, the Governorship, Lt Governorship and the Attorney General’s office!!!

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