State lawmakers around the nation are increasingly attempting to defy federal control over firearms through so-called “nullification” laws, with more than 200 such bills introduced over the last decade, a News21 investigation found.
Particularly in Western and Southern states, firearms are increasingly the weapon of choice for a political movement that aims to enshrine states’ rights and void U.S. gun laws within their borders.
“I think the president and the majority of Congress, both in the House and Senate, are just completely out of touch with how people feel about Second Amendment rights,” said Missouri state Sen. Brian Nieves, who has fought for bills to weaken the federal government’s authority over firearms in his state.
In Idaho, the Legislature unanimously passed a law this year to keep any future federal gun measures from being enforced in the state. In Kansas, a law passed last year says federal regulation doesn’t apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” from the U.S. government since 2010.