Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gun rights groups plan state-by-state revolt

From CBS News, on the recent states' rights movement:
Gary Marbut isn't aiming to eliminate federal gun laws. He just wants to make them much less relevant.

Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, is one of the leaders of a new grassroots movement that's seeking to invoke the principle of states' rights -- including states' own authority to regulate firearms -- to thwart what he and his allies view as an increasingly overreaching federal government.

Politicians in Washington have "assumed power that many of us believe was not authorized under the limits of the Constitution," Marbut said in an interview with last week.

This modern-day federalist revolt began with a Montana state law recently signed by Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer. It says that firearms, ammunition, and accessories manufactured entirely inside Montana are not subject to federal regulation, including background checks for buyers and record-keeping requirements for sellers. They would remain subject to state regulation. ...

Article here. The article alludes to the fact that the Supreme Court will likely need to modify their existing precedents on the Constitution's interstate Commerce Clause, which have done considerable damage to the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states, in order for these state laws to prevail.

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