States Can Stop Proposed Federal Gun Control Measures in Their Tracks

According to a recent Fox News report, it appears increasingly likely Congress will have enough bipartisan support to push through “common sense” federal gun control legislation in 2018. If this happens, state action can effectively nullify these federal gun laws and render them ineffectual.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have crafted legislation to make federal background checks more robust. The measure would strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to ensure all mandated background check information is uploaded.

“For years agencies and states haven’t complied with the law, failing to upload these critical records without consequence,” Cornyn said in a statement. “Just one record that’s not properly reported can lead to tragedy, as the country saw last week in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This bill aims to help fix what’s become a nationwide, systemic problem so we can better prevent criminals and domestic abusers from obtaining firearms.”

Proposals to ban so-called “bump stocks” that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a rapid rate have also received broad-based bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

While strengthening NICS and banning bump stocks might be considered “common sense,” these actions are not constitutional. The Constitution does not delegate the …

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(The opinions in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Southern Nation News or SN.O.)

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