Even as the Federal government and many states seek to weaken the 2nd Amendment, some states like Montana are fighting back.
Gun rights measures that include a plan to push back against potential federal restrictions on assault rifles were endorsed Thursday in the Montana House, despite criticism they may thwart law enforcement or lead to constitutional showdowns with the federal government.
The Republican-led chamber endorsed the three gun-rights bills in an initial vote, which drew most of their opposition from Democrats.
Supporters said the state needs to ban police from enforcing any future federal assault-weapons ban in the state. They argue it would undermine what would be an unconstitutional infringement on gun rights, if the federal government were to restrict such weapons.
“When it is not constitutional it is our obligation to stand up and call them into question,” said Rep. Krayton Kerns, R-Laurel.
Wyoming is considering a similar proposal that goes a step further by threatening federal officials with criminal sanctions if they tried to enforce a future federal assault weapons ban. Montana’s bill attempts to control state and local officers.
A few other states have taken up similar measures. One can only hope that more step up to the plate and fight back against Federal tyranny.