Next month (5 Feb), when the Alabama legislature reconvenes for 2013, I will work with fellow legislators and fully support legislation concerning the right for Alabama’s citizens to bear arms. Thus far HB8, proposing an amendment to the Alabama Constitution for the right to bear arms and SB43, The Firearms Freedom Act, stating that firearms, accessories, and ammunition manufactured in AL are exempt from federal regulation under Commerce Clause of U. S. Constitution, have been introduced.
However, as the Obama administration plans an “end around” on the people of the United States by threatening to invoke an executive order introducing some type of gun regulation, I am concerned about the reactions of legislators across the country. Legislators that are working to pass state laws to make any federal law concerning gun regulation unenforceable within the boundaries of their state are in essence wrapping themselves in some sort of false sense of security. Instead, we should simply be prepared to stand our ground and defend our existing constitutional rights.
It is increasingly apparent that the president views the constitution and the process by which federal laws are enacted as irrelevant. Therefore, we are kidding ourselves if we think that a state law is going to be recognized by a president that does not recognize the US Constitution.
In light of this, we must be prepared for the day that may come when a federal entity enters our state and attempts to enforce an unconstitutional act, mandated through executive order. We must stand our ground, hold the line and defend the 2nd, 4th and 10th Amendments to the US Constitution, along with Section 26 of our Alabama State Constitution.
Rather than writing new laws to defend our rights we must defend our rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Updated 1/16/13 with link to HB8 and 1/26/13 with link to SB43
2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Section 26 of Alabama State Constitution: That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.