Skip to comments.AR-15, Made in Texas
Posted on 12/03/2009 6:08:55 PM PST by Pantera
The Montana Firearm Freedom Act was signed into law in October of this year. Here is a recent update: http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=11610180.
So how does this apply to Texas right now and in the near future?
One of the strategic goals of the 10th amendment movement is the passage of a firearms bill in as many states as possible. The Firearm Freedom Act bills state that firearms manufactured in a state that are not sold or transferred across state lines are not subject to federal gun laws. In general, federal guns laws are based on the commerce clause in the Constitution. This means that the federal government has asserted the authority to regulate guns since they are sold over state lines. But the Firearms Freedom Act Legislation asserts a states right to monitor their own internal affairs. Ultimately, the bills are designed to force a challenge in the supreme court of the federal abuse of the commerce clause to regulate state activity that does not cross state borders.
To date, Montana and Tennessee have passed a version of the Federal Firearm Act, a bill has passed in the Alaska house and nine other states have introduced legislation.
In the 2009 legislative session in Texas, a house bill was introduced but did not make it through to a vote. This legislation will have to be re-introduced in the next session. Since the Texas legislature doesnt meet again until 2011, we will have to wait for direct Texas involvement but we should continually remind representatives that Texas insists on its freedom to manufacture firearms without federal involvement.
Another thing to keep in mind is a deal made between Firearm Freedom champion, State Representative Leo Berman and Governor Rick Perry. Earlier this year, State Representative Leo Berman was in the race for Texas Governor. He stepped down and endorsed Rick Perry; in exchange, Rick Perry publicly made four promises to Berman regarding actions he would take as Governor to support Texas state sovereignty. Perry publically agreed to these terms at a public meeting in Tyler.
One of the agreed upon terms was that Governor Perry would join with other states in preparing a challenge to federal laws that usurp states rights. Perry also promised to personally file a friend of the court brief in an expected Montana challenge to federal firearms regulations.
Texas must stand with Montana in this upcoming challenge and Perry has publicly promised to do so.
I’ll go out onto a limb by stating that Gov. Perry’s political lifeblood [I.O.W., re-election chances with 2nd. Amendment crowd] depends on whether he keeps these 4 “campaign” promises he agreed to with Berman.
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While I appreciate the sentiments behind the effort this statement...
“Ultimately, the bills are designed to force a challenge in the supreme court of the federal abuse of the commerce clause to regulate state activity that does not cross state borders.”
... is what concerns me. We cannot depend upon the Supreme Court - part of the federal government - to protect us from the federal government’s unconstitutional usurpations of power. In the end - especially since all three branches of the federal government have essentially been in collusion with one another for the last 80 years to unconstitutionally expand the scope of federal power - it is beyond folly to expect or to depend upon the federal government to police itself. For too long we here in America have bought in to the myth that the Supreme Court is the only check upon the power of the Congress and the President and that the Supreme Court has the exclusive right to judge upon the constitutionality of federal laws.
Instead, it is high time for the states to begin once again judging for themselves, as Thomas Jefferson argued so eloquently on behalf of in his Kentucky Resolutions back in 1798 and as so many states - Northern and Southern - regularly did in the 1800s, when the federal government has unconstitutionally usurped the powers of the states or the people.
Regardless of what some federal court ultimately decides on this or other issues, state legislatures must stick to their guns (figuratively speaking) by nullifying all unconstitutional federal actions and state governors must finally begin using all of their executive powers to thwart the enforcement of these unconstitutional actions inside the borders of their states.
... BTW, if you want a candidate for governor who is unequivocally in favor of nullifying unconstitutional federal laws - whether it’s healthcare policy, education, energy, industry, or whatever - Debra Medina’s your woman.
I remember getting my first M-16 issued to me at Parris Island in 1980. It said AR-15 on it and I was - - as a boot - - confused. I later found out that the AR-15 was the rifle that, with modifications, became the M-16 (and the M-16A1 when they added the forward assist).
One day I want to get my own M-16A1.
REMEMBER THIS, TEXANS:
Feds Have Built Only 32 Miles of 700 Mile Double-Border Fence Originally Mandated by Congress
One reason DHS has been able to do this is an amendment that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.-Texas) slipped into an omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed on December 18, 2007. Hutchisons amendment put a loophole in the fence law that allowed the secretary of Homeland Security not to build the fence Congress had mandated the year before.
REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE FOR GOVERNOR
That was my final straw with KBH. The sooner she’s out the better for Texas.
A paragraph worth repeating...
Of course, we need to take back our rights but with the crop of nitwits we have now I don’t see a change for the better anytime soon. As much as I despise the usurper in chief, the Supremes are a worse disappointment. One day, sooner than we expect, they’ll declare states rights unconstitutional and that will be the end of it all.
I’ve not seen Medina mentioned anywhere but FR so unless she steps it up, she’s not going anywhere.
>>I remember getting my first M-16 issued to me at Parris Island in 1980. <<
Twenty-one years earlier, I was issued the M-1 Garand. Next to my wife, it is the only thing I trust with my life.
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Well, if we pay attention it will. Personally I don't consider the findings of a court which is employed by one of the parties in the case at hand to be binding when they find in favor of that party.