AG Says Federal Gun Law Nullification Bill is Unconstitutional

A bill that declares Tennessee can declare federal firearms laws “null and void” within its borders and prosecute federal officers enforcing them is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, according to another attorney general’s opinion released Monday.
The opinion on SB250 was requested by Senate Judiciary Chairman Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown. His committee voted 5-4 to postpone a vote on the bill by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, to seek Cooper’s opinion. Beavers argued that the state, through the Legislature or other officials, can nullify federal laws that exceed the federal government’s authority.
The opinion quotes a U.S. Supreme Court case: “If the legislatures of the several states may, at will, annul the judgments of the courts of the United States, and destroy the rights acquired under those judgments, the constitution itself becomes a solemn mockery . . . .No state legislator or executive or judicial officer can war against the Constitution without violating his undertaking to support it.”

Note: Full opinion HERE. Previous post HERE.

2 thoughts on “AG Says Federal Gun Law Nullification Bill is Unconstitutional

  1. William A. Wynn

    The only people violating the constitution are the people that are infringing on the 2nd amendment. The supremacy clause is clarified by the 10th amendment. The congress of the United States has no constitutional authority to change or ammend the Bill of Rights. The supremacy clause was written into the constitution before the 10 ammendment or Bill of Rights were added.
    Laws that are legislated which violate the constitution are illegal, and will be unenforceable on a free people who are armed the 2nd amendment will not be infringed.

  2. Mike

    Of course the Supreme Court said the federal government has complete power…they are part of the federal government and have no desire to give up their powers!
    The states can, have recently and will continue to nullify and ignore federal laws.

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