Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nullification in Ohio

The bureaucrats in the State of Ohio have introduced the "Firearms Freedom Act" which seeks to “... provide that ammunition, firearms, and firearm accessories that are manufactured and remain in Ohio are not subject to federal laws and regulations derived under Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce and to require the words “Made in Ohio” be stamped on a central metallic part of any firearm manufactured and sold in Ohio.”

The Federal Government, by way of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms expressed its own view of the Tenth Amendment this week when it issued an open letter to ‘all Tennessee Federal Firearms Licensees’ in which it denounced the opinion of Beavers and the Tennessee legislature. ATF assistant director Carson W. Carroll wrote that ‘Federal law supersedes the Act’, and thus the ATF considers it meaningless.

Don't you Buckeyes feel so well "represented"? I can just hear the shouts now:

"We need to throw the rascals out! These current bureaucrats are violating our rights so we need to replace them with a different set of bureaucrats who can violate our rights in a different way!"

The bureaucrats in Ohio have done the right thing which is to ignore the Feds, or at least they pretend that they are going to. But what are they going to do when the Feds inevitably threaten to cut their federal funding if they don't play nice? Will they have the brass to hold firm to their convictions (if you can call them that) and continue to extend the middle finger to DC?

We shall see. In the mean time, let this be a lesson to all you "Constitutionalists" out there who think that a piece of paper can somehow prevent the bureaucrats from becoming tyrannical.

Sure, the Constitution has a lot of history behind it, it was signed by a bunch of very hallowed dead guys, and I'm sure it looks very important behind the glass and lights for the tourists at the National Archives. But reality has shown that it really isn't worth the parchment on which it's written.

Lysander Spooner said, "...whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist."

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