This article was initially published by TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 15, 2021:
When Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation on Wednesday declaring his state a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” he joined an increasing number of other governors pushing back against unconstitutional federal overreach at the hands of the Biden administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress.
Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights. As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and, with my signature, it will become official.
He also thinks it’s enforceable against federal encroachment:
The White House and U.S. Congress have announced their intention to pursue measures that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.
Nebraska will stand up against federal overreach and attempts to regulate gun ownership and use in [our state].
His proclamation makes it nearly impossible for federal authorities to enforce federal statutes without the state’s assistance.
Likewise, when Arizona declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, its proclamation stated:
An act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the United States Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in this state.
[Therefore] this state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the United Stats Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States.
Without state help in enforcing federal law, those federal laws become toothless. (Think federal marijuana laws).
Nebraska joins Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Idaho, and Wyoming in taking a stand against Biden’s proposed overreach.
Texas is going to join the club shortly. House Bill 2622 and its companion, Senate Bill 541, are close to passing both state houses. And Governor Greg Abbott is ready to sign it: “This is what I’m seeking for Texas: a law to defy any new federal gun control laws. I look forward to signing it.”
On the other hand, New Jersey is far from celebrating the Second Amendment for its citizens. In fact, that state’s attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, has just filed a complaint in New Jersey’s Superior Court that gunmaker Smith & Wesson is refusing to release its marketing materials to him.
What Grewal is hoping to find is evidence that the company’s marketing strategy somehow violates New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act by “misrepresenting to consumers the impact of owning a firearm and/or safety in the home.”
As John Mastronardi, writing at American Thinker, observed:
Grewal asserts that some uncited “preliminary investigation,” conducted by persons or agencies unknown, supports his otherwise unsupported premise that criminals — i.e., “consumers” — are somehow influenced by Smith & Wesson’s false and misleading advertising.
Criminals, of course, aren’t influenced in the slightest by advertising from any gun maker. And if Grewal really and truly thinks so, then New Jersey is in even more trouble than it already is.
If the highest law enforcement officer in New Jersey really thinks gang members and felons care about home firearm safety, or are seduced into getting a Smith & Wesson [firearm] because the company’s ads mislead them … then New Jersey is in far more dire straits than has recently been reported.
What those Second Amendment Sanctuary States are doing is a form of nullification of federal overreach. New Jersey (and other states with anti-gun legislatures) on the other hand, is a party to the federal crime. This illustrates the vast ideological divide that separates those who love and support the Constitution, and those who consider it a hindrance to completing their agenda of tyranny.