States' Rights? Do They Still Exist?

17 Feb

Montana says, “Yes!” Montana lawmakers fired another shot in battles for states’ rights as they supported letting some Montana gun owners and dealers skip reporting their transactions to the federal government.

Under House Bill 246, firearms made in Montana and used in Montana would be exempt from federal regulation. The same would be true for firearm accessories and ammunition made and sold in the state.

What they’re stating is that Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce does not allow them to regulate intrastate commerce, thus items made and sold in Montana, that do not cross state lines, cannot be regulated by the feds.  The precursor to this bill was discussed here.

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Posted by on February 17, 2009 in Follow up, Guns, Politics


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