A House committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would attempt to nullify all federal gun laws in Alabama and ban state law enforcement from enforcing them. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security approved the bill, sponsored by Rep. Tommy Hanes, R-Bryant, on a voice vote. The measure is one of several attempts by Republican legislators around the country to block attempts at gun control by the Democratic-controlled Congress. But it goes further than most by trying to stop the enforcement of current federal gun laws, including those regulating automatic weapons.
“All federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulation whether past, present or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution shall be invalid in this state,” Hanes said before the vote. “That’s what it does.”
Alabama’s past attempts to dictate policy to the federal government have generally proven costly failures, running head first into the supremacy clause in the Constitution. [full article]