Montana Governor Vetoes State Nullification of Federal Gun Grab

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
04/01/2013
       
Montana Governor Vetoes State Nullification of Federal Gun Grab

Montana's Governor Steve Bullock veto of a nullification bill protecting the Second Amendment rights of Montanans from infringement by the federal government goes back to Montana's state representatives and senators.  Will they over-ride the veto?

On March 28, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (shown) vetoed a nullification bill protecting the Second Amendment rights of Montanans from infringement by the federal government.

As The New American reported at the time of its passage by the state legislature, the measure, House Bill 302, read in relevant part:

A peace officer, state employee, or employee of any political subdivision is prohibited from enforcing, assisting in the enforcement of, or otherwise cooperating in the enforcement of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines and is also prohibited from participating in any federal enforcement action implementing a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines.

Another provision mandates that state officials may not use “public funds or allocate public resources for the enforcement of a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or large magazines.”

Violation of this section of the bill would constitute misdemeanor theft.

Ironically, with his veto, Governor Bullock has committed theft of a more serious nature.

A story on Bullock’s rejection of the bill published by U.S. News proclaims the decision to be a move toward “modernity.”

They have a point, though likely not the one they intended to make.

Bullock’s ignorance of the role of the right to keep and bear arms, as well as the role of the states in checking federal overreaches of its constitutional powers, is typical of many modern lawmakers and executives.

For example, consider this excerpt from the veto message attached by Bullock to the bill when he sent it back to the state House of Representatives:

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo of Gov. Steve Bullock: AP Images

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