With President Joe Biden in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, a GOP lawmaker in Ohio wants to protect gun owners from overreaching federal laws. Newly elected Rep. Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, proposed turning Ohio into a “Second Amendment sanctuary state,” encouraging police not to enforce gun control measures. Loychik’s bill, which has not yet been introduced, would prohibit any tax or fee imposed on firearms but not other goods, any requirement to track firearms or their owners and any ban on law-abiding citizens owning guns.
“Especially with the current climate and rhetoric at the federal level, the preservation of our second amendment is now more crucial than ever before,” Loychik said in a statement. During his campaign, Biden said he would ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and restrict the number of firearms an individual may purchase to one per month. Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and Wyoming passed so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary state” acts during President Barack Obama’s administration. If passed, Ohio would become the fifth state to enact a Second Amendment sanctuary. The resolutions have been more popular at the local level. Since 2018, more than 270 counties have passed resolutions declaring themselves as “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” including several in Ohio, according to Brady: United Against Gun Violence, a federal nonprofit that promotes gun control.
The concept was inspired by “sanctuary cities,” where law enforcement, mostly in Democratic municipalities, refuses to enforce federal immigration laws. Former President Donald Trump criticized these cities, even trying to cut off federal money to them. [full article]