Idaho Republicans Unconstitutionally Vote to Nullify Future Federal Laws

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It is likely, and almost certain, that every American can recall at least once in their lives hearing a parent tell a petulant child that “this is my house and my rules; if you don’t like them you can get out! When you pay for your own house you can make the rules, but as long as you live under my roof you’ll follow my rules.” The child then has a choice; follow the rules or leave home. In a nation there is a similar situation except that instead of expelling citizens who are unwilling to follow the rules (law), violators  are arrested and thrown in jail to protect society as well as teach the violators that if they are going to enjoy the privilege of living in society they have to follow the law. America has rules that every citizen is required to follow and, for the most part, the overwhelming majority of citizens tend to adhere to the law of the land unless they are Republicans controlling state legislatures.

Since Americans elected an African American President, states with Republican legislatures and governors refuse to follow the law of the land (Constitution) they claim to love more than any being who is not a hardline conservative, and argue vehemently for nullifying the Constitution because they, like petulant children, cannot tolerate following rules.  According to a rule in the Constitution, the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of the law, but an inordinate number of Republican-controlled states contend that they, not the High Court, decide constitutionality of laws. In Idaho this week, Republicans decided to nullify two parts of the Constitution and federal gun statutes because they believe the National Rifle Association is the law of the land.

Last Friday, Idaho Republicans overwhelmingly passed legislation proclaiming Idaho does not have to tolerate federal gun laws going forward, and to prove the NRA makes and adjudicates federal law they criminalized enforcing federal gun statutes. The law nullifying federal firearm laws passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and takes effect immediately upon the Republican governor’s signature.  The legislation does not just criminalize enforcement of federal gun laws by federal officials, it criminalizes enforcement of federal laws by Idaho state law enforcement officials for adhering to their sworn oath to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution.

According to a spokesman for the Tenth Amendment Center, nullifying federal gun laws, the Supremacy Clause, and Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution “is an important first step for Idaho. Getting this law passed will ensure that any new plans or executive orders that might be coming our way will not be enforced in Idaho. Then, once this method is established and shown to be effective, legislators can circle back and start doing the same for federal gun control already on the books.” The federal gun law nullification frenzy already saw Alaska and Kansas pass laws similar to Idaho, and an investigation by ProPublica discovered at least 37 other states introduced nullification legislation because they hate America and its Constitution. Besides nullifying federal laws and the Constitution, the Republican states strictly follow NRA law requiring all Americans to be armed and allowed to carry loaded guns any place they are legally allowed to be to use Stand Your Ground laws allowing them to shoot and kill anyone anywhere they are legally allowed to be, especially in Georgia.

A new gun proliferation bill in Georgia is waiting for Republican Governor Nathan Deal’s signature to allow Georgia gun fanatics to carry loaded guns in churches, bars, schools, restaurants, and airports. Regarding loaded guns in airports, the new law eliminates federal criminal charges for gun zealots caught with guns at airport security that probably accounted for the federal Transportation Security Administration’s opposition to the law. The new law also gives convicted felons the right to claim Stand Your Ground defense after they shoot to kill someone if they reasonably believe their life is in danger which is likely why the state’s police chiefs association bitterly opposed the new law. Likely, the police chiefs are aware that a convicted felon will believe, or claim to believe, their life is in danger when they are caught in the commission of a crime or stopped for a parole violation by law enforcement. In fact, the legislation was opposed by the restaurant association (bars), Episcopal and Catholic churches, and an overwhelming majority (over 70%) of Georgia residents. The legislation also authorizes school districts to appoint staff members to carry loaded guns in schools to make sure there is no public area in Georgia that is safe from gun fanatics.

The new NRA dream law did not set well with a preponderance of bar owners who were surprised at the legislation’s scope. One bar owner in downtown Savannah said, “I don’t have any problems with people owning guns, but I do have a problem with guns and alcohol. Everybody could be in here having a good time, but all you need is one bad drunk with a gun and it could be a bad situation.” The organization founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions, called the NRA legislation “the most extreme gun bill in America,” and dubbed it the “guns everywhere” legislation. It is precisely the legislation the NRA lusts to see enacted in every state in the Union.

The NRA heavily lobbied the bill’s passage and hailed it as “the most comprehensive pro-gun” legislation in Georgia history and praised legislators voting to allow anyone, including convicted felons, to carry loaded firearms anyplace as an “historic victory for the Second Amendment.” One local group, Georgia Carry, promoting the “guns everywhere” bill claimed “you can bet those politicians who voted for it knew what their constituents wanted.” That is patently untrue; those politicians voting for the law knew what their masters in the NRA wanted, not their constituents who, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll in January, opposed both the “guns everywhere” aspect and expanded Stand Your Ground protections by over 70% of voters.

The Georgia law, like Idaho’s nullification law, will likely run afoul of the federal government’s (TSA, Homeland Security) prohibition on carrying loaded weapons into airports, but Georgia Republicans pre-emptively nullified the federal TSA restriction by eliminating federal criminal charges for violating a federal TSA law. The huge effort to allow gun fanatics to carry loaded weapons in any public area is the NRA’s response to the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and not due to a rash of new gun restrictions. In fact, no major federal gun control laws have been passed for twenty years (since 1994), and nearly every state allows people to carry guns in public places with 42 states allowing assault rifles, so the NRA focused its legislation on expanding gun fanatics’ rights to carry loaded guns “in all corners of society with expanded Stand Your Ground laws” while nullifying federal gun safety measures and criminalizing their enforcement.

According to Republican states nullifying federal gun laws, they are simply adhering to the National Rifle Association as the law of the land and claim the NRA, not the Supreme Court, decides the constitutionality of federal laws and the High Court’s ability to adjudicate. Another Republican who hates America and the Constitution, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said last year that state legislation nullifying federal laws are not symbolic and that he hopes such laws “make it to the Supreme Court” so the court will disavow every ruling it has made upholding the Supremacy Clause, rule the Constitution null and void except for the 2nd and 10th Amendments, and then disband to allow the NRA to govern unchallenged with their ALEC cohorts the Koch brothers.


46 Replies to “Idaho Republicans Unconstitutionally Vote to Nullify Future Federal Laws”

  1. I then ask, why are they still receiving government funding, food stamps, section 8 etc, etc. My house my rules, go fund yourselves.

  2. A minor point, but the Idaho Legislature ended their session last Thursday. So I don’t think they voted on anything on Friday…and yes, they’re a bunch of idiots!!!

  3. There is a petition on the Whitehouse petitions site with 27,000 signatures of Alaskans who want to secede from the U.S. and go back to Russia. I say why not, but first round up all of these gun nuts from Georgia and Idaho and everywhere else and deport them to Alaska. Our house, our rules right?
    In my opinion the Justice Department should declare the NRA a terrorist group and shut it down. They truly are an imminent threat to security.

  4. It was Nullification that was the ideological precursor to the Civil War. John C. Calhoun who fancied himself a southern aristocrat was the huge hornet stirrer. He was Andrew Jackson’s Vice President and actually the first Vice President who had to resign. He spent the rest of his days in South Carolina stirring up trouble, passing laws nullifying federal laws which caused Jackson to put the navy on alert and tell him plainly “if you keep this up I’ll make sure there’s nothing left” meaning he was going to bomb the bejesus out of SC.

    What these little empire builders are doing is the same thing. They are trying to carve out their little fiefdoms and are so deep in the echo chamber that they think they are untouchable. Reality will smack them in between the eyes.

    Interestingly one of Jackson’s last words were regret that he didn’t hang Calhoun was a traitor.

  5. Cut federal funding and let them pay for everything the government they hate now pays for.The reality is The koch scumbags and the NRA seem to be who actually are running this country.

  6. “What these little empire builders are doing is the same thing. They are trying to carve out their little fiefdoms and are so deep in the echo chamber that they think they are untouchable. Reality will smack them in between the eyes.”

    Isn’t that what’s happening with State legalizing Marijuana?

    Or, is that okay because you support it?

    The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is clearly innumerate in the US Constitution.

  7. Lets also cut the federal funding to every state that has legalized Marijuana in direct conflict with Federal Law.

  8. This unlimited concealed and open carry and unlimited stand your ground privilege have just one aim: to intimidate minorities, eevil libruls, and uppity wimmins from speaking up or even associating with each other without permission, let alone voting or running for office. It goes hand in hand with the eliminationist and assassinationist rhetoric we’ve been hearing everywhere, the whines of the super-rich and super-Chrischun that the rest of us are persecuting them to death, and last October’s Beer Hall Putsch. I wager it all has both a common source and a common objective. Something wicked this way comes, and we had better be ready to head it off. It Can Happen Here.

  9. Its a little odd that the 1% thinks that the poor are out to get them yet they want the very same people armed. But then again if they can get enough frenetic gun owners to disavow the constitution they have it made.

  10. I see you are trying to make comparisons that are meaningless.

    No one is trying to take peoples penis extenders away from them. You can put your hankie away now.

  11. It is a perfectly legitimate comparison to make. What is lacking (and you demonstrate clearly) is that nobody is willing to take up the intellectual challenge to justify an obvious double standard.

  12. Only you think its a double standard. If someone was trying to take your penis extender away you “might” have a point.

  13. Maybe you should have followed the link in the article:

    BOISE, March 21, 2014 – On Thursday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) signed a bill, which would effectively nullify future federal gun laws, by prohibiting state enforcement of any future federal act relating to personal firearms, a firearm accessories or ammunition.

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  14. Keith, what you are supporting is not following the constitution. I dont need reasoning to dispute you. You want pot sales done away with. Yet you are not willing to give up your guns in exchange.

    So just come out and say it, you accept the NRA as your lawmaker and fully disavow the constitution. You are running from the subject matter

    The fed is making no laws that take your guns away. You have no valid arguement about pot or any other law.

  15. the nra a long with the kochs teabagkkers party and alec need to be out lawed as a threat to our nation s national security a

  16. Ok, we can do that and see who breaks first, Colorado with their millions in tax money from cannabis or Idaho, which has what again?

  17. My Argument is just as valid as your. If not more so. If going against the Federal government is grounds to withdraw all federal funding then lets not have a double standard about it.

    Also, I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the NRA.

    What I am is a person who can’t abide double standards.

    Or, better yet. Let those state that may wish to leave the Union.

  18. First of all, it doesnt matter to me if pot is legal or not. I am not arguing for it or against it.

    You on the other hand are arguing that we go against the constitution as our basis for laws, primarily the superiority clause. And as for states leaving, you know they cant, thats in the constitution too. Thats twice you disavow it.

    I am really not sure what your arguement is. Until now its totally been ignore the constitution. I see no double standard. No one is taking guns away, yet you want to stop pot legalization. it simply makes no sense

  19. Kind of makes one wonder whether there is ANY conservative in the United States who has actually read the United States Constitution, doesn’t it? If they had, they would not be asking the President about secession, since any peaceful secession would be a matter for Congress, not the President, to consider. [On the other hand, they also blame President Obama for the Common Core program even though it was created by the National Governors’ Association and the President has nothing to do with it.]

  20. Nullification was the watchword of the Confederacy. Prior to secession, the right of slave owners to defy federal limits on which were free states or slave, and even on the slave trade were demanded.

    If Hobby Lobby wins, nullification will begin on every other issue. States may have less capacity to do this, but watch as individuals, under the 1993 law CLINTON SIGNED demand their ‘religious freedoms’ to take our tax dollars, do business in public yet defy the Civil Rights Act as an onerous burden on their beliefs.

    Add in the ‘tenthers’ and we no longer will have a nation. It will be a free for all, no guaranteed rights for anyone anywhere.

  21. First of all, it’s “enumerated”. Second of all, the whole POINT of the Second Amendment is to provide a means of DEFENDING the nation against invasion or insurrection, not to foster it. Third, until Scalia came along there was NEVER an individual right to bear arms in the Constitution. Its purpose is to protect the formation of WELL REGULATED State militias.

    Do something spectacular – become the first conservative in America to actually READ the Constitution.

  22. There is a big difference. Guns are designed, manufactured and purchased to kill people. Pot has never killed anyone. Anyone smoking a little pot sure enough doesn’t feel like killing anyone.

  23. To the good people of Idaho:

    You folks would do yourselves a great service if at least one of you would actually READ the United States Constitution:

    Article VI, Section 2:

    “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

  24. Shiva there is no language in the US constitution that prohibits secession. I dare you to quote the part that disallows secession. I’ll be waiting.

    Secondly we are talking about the supremacy clause, so if one state can’t go it’s own way on Guns then another surely should not be allowed to do the same with pot.

    That you can’t see the double standard is truly mind boggling.

  25. Then, lets apply that to states that have legalized marijuana. Or, lets leave each state alone to manage its internal goings on.

  26. The second amendment refers to the right to bear arms associated with a well-regulated militia, not just asshats with weapons. Good luck with the new law, dumbasses.

  27. Okay you wanker. None of the states with decriminalization of cannabis whether it’s straight legal, or for medicinal use are threatening to arrest federal officials for enforcing federal laws or arrest their colleagues for enforcing the federal laws. When the DEA comes and raids California cannabis clubs, there are no local cops at the ready to arrest them. That’s where the double standard ends.

  28. KMR11 very good question, why are they still receiving this help from the GOV? This should include soc. sec. road building schools everything. No Gov contracts, and by the way any or all Gov. facitity’s are also gone. Oh and I forgot, no new medical available either

  29. Can you please explain what those double standards are? I have read your post all day long and quite frankly I find you are full of shit.

  30. This trend will continue. If the Feds don’t like it and try to “sanction” States that have simply had enough big government, people who live there can simply quit paying taxes, en masse. Looks like the makings of a good ramp up to the Revolutionary War II that we desperately need. The Feds should have quit many years ago while they are ahead, but they didn’t … and won’t until they provoke a fight. For those of you who think the military and law enforcement “has the Fed’s back”, you are mistaken. The funny thing is that States actually have the Constitutional authority to do this because the Feds are (and have been) operating outside of the framework of authority provided in the Constitution for many, many years. “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln

  31. I have been watching this back and forth concerning marijuana laws and guns. Mr. Cameron the SCOTUS sole purpose is to interpret the Constitutionality of cases brought before it. It cannot make laws, nor can it amend laws. It certainly cannot change the Constitution. The SCOTUS acted in error when it determined that the right to bear arms was an individual right. The Constitution is the bedrock bar none. Any amendments to the Constitution can only pass with two thirds approval of both house and congress. Thus the federal government can enforce the constitutional laws set forth at it’s discretion.
    As for laws of medicinal or outright recreational use of marijuana there has been no challenge to the SCOTUS. Once again that is within the discretion of the federal government. Thus there is no double standard as you allude to.
    Your premises rests on rulings by SCOTUS and it would not be the first time they made an error in their rulings. Therefore your argument is rendered moot.

  32. There is no equality in the comparison. No one has made a law to take guns away. While you CANT take guns away, you can regulate them. The SCOTUS said so. But I totally fail to see the comparison to pot. he wants to stop pot sales when there is nothing taking guns away.


  33. Shiva, the 1% DON’T want people to be armed, what they DO want is for people to be polarized and blind to what is being done to them. These fools who think that Southern Secessionism will somehow revive a viable Confederacy don’t stop to think that the 1% are building new fiefdoms and when it’s all said and done all those gun toting “constitutionalists” will either be dead or selling their guns to feed their families. Actually they don’t stop to think period or they wouldn’t be still arguing the pre Civil War nonsense at all.

  34. “…and an investigation […] discovered at least 37 other states introduced nullification legislation because they hate America and its Constitution.”

    I’m sorry, but did I really just read that?
    I was listening objectively until that, and that’s where I stopped reading.

    Stick to the facts and avoid this kind of biased sensationalism. It only undermines your message, and your credibility.

  35. Because not everyone in those states necessarily agree with what they are doing but have no way to keep it from happening. You could argue that they could move, but the very people that appose this are likely the same people who can’t afford to do something that drastic. Also if your state did something like this, could you afford to drop everything, leave everything behind, job, school, house, life etc. behind? Probably not.

  36. THIS is why I picked up my new gun yesterday. I live in GA, and I have no plan to be unarmed when surrounded by so many gun nuts. If they jump, I want to be able to defend myself. I have no desire to become a victim of SYG, only because some nut says s/he thinks I’m a threat to him/her. I will be claiming the same thing, if there’s a problem. I may be convicted, but at least I’ll be alive.

    It’s odd, but the one place this GA bill doesn’t permit guns is in the Gen. Assembly in Atlanta.

    What are they afraid of?

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