I want to stand up and cheer for a new bill that has recently been introduced in the House by New York Representative Chris Collins (R-NY). The bill is being hailed as a defense of the 2nd Amendment and an attack on leftist attempts to undermine our Bill of Rights.
However, I have some important concerns about the bill and what it means about federalism in our nation today.
Before we get in to my concerns, let’s see what the author of the bill has to say about it.
“The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) would prevent states from implementing any regulations on these weapons that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law,” a news release from Collins’ office reads.
“Under this legislation, any current or future laws enacted by a state or political subdivision that exceeds federal law for rifles and shotguns would be void,” the news release said. “Should a state violate this law, and a plaintiff goes to court, the court will award the prevailing plaintiff a reasonable attorney’s fee in addition to any other damages.”
The news release also notes that Collins means “rifle or shotgun” to “(include) any part of the weapon including any detachable magazine or ammunition feeding device and any type of pistol grip or stock design.”
“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo,” Collins is quoted as saying.
“I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and have fought against all efforts to condemn these rights. I stand with the law-abiding citizens of this state that have been outraged by the SAFE Act and voice my commitment to roll back these regulations.”
I love it.
New York’s SAFE Act is a blatant attempt by the liberal fascists in the Empire State to undermine and weaken the 2nd Amendment. In fact, most anti-gun laws across our nation deserve to be stripped from the books, burned with fire, and never heard from again. However, i’m a little concerned about the “method” being used to unravel the bad state laws.
The Second Amendment is already national law and it is quite clear, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This means that our right to bear arms shouldn’t be infringed by bad state laws or by bad federal laws. While Collins’ bill could keep our friends in New York, California, Illinois, and other liberal states safe, it also means that the federal government is exerting a power that it is not given in the Constitution – power to dictate to the states.
I have a feeling that the Supreme Court might see Collins’ bill not as a defense of the 2nd Amendment but as an attack on the 10th Amendment, and that matters.
Oh, by the way… New York’s liberal fascist Governor, Andrew Cuomo is already up in arms and threatening to sue. So if the bill does become law, we’ll get that 10th Amendment test pretty quickly.