‘Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021’ is Effectively a “Declaration of Secession”
The Arkansas state legislature is considering passage of a law challenging federal anti-Second Amendment measures being pushed on states by the left wing Biden administration.
In acknowledging the situation every US state faces in terms of challenging the federal government’s network of predatory tentacles, the legislators note that such an act would jeopardize federal funds earmarked for Arkansas, in addition to routine cooperation with federal bureaucratic and law enforcement agencies.
Senate Bill 298 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch), the “Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021,” aims to stop every federal gun law at the Arkansas border. Anyone who has ever taken a United States civics class will recognize the unconstitutionality of the bill. Still, Arkansas senators passed the measure by a vote of 28-7, and it now heads to the House side to be voted on there. Should it pass, it would then go to the governor’s desk.
This audacious bill is a huge F.U. to the federal government, practically a declaration of secession. Its message essentially is that the guys in D.C. can take their laws and shove it. To wit:
All acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations of the United States Government, whether past, present, or future, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Arkansas Constitution, Article 2, § 5, are invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
This bill “simply is about states’ rights, state sovereignty and our God-given inalienable rights that each of us received as a virtue of just being born,” Stubblefield said in introducing the bill. SB 298 also lays out penalties for anyone, local law enforcement included, who helps federal officers or agencies who try to enforce federal gun laws on Arkansas soil …
Stubblefield acknowledged the bill will likely have significant financial repercussions, both in legal fees for trying to defend such an obviously unconstitutional measure and possibly in loss of federal funds coming to the state.
“I think the federal government is going say, ‘If you don’t follow what we tell you, you don’t get the money,’ ” said Sen. Mathew Pitsch (R-Fort Smith).
Stubblefield was undeterred. “There comes a time, in the history of our country, especially now, when we have to say, ‘Are we willing to give up our God-given rights for some dollars?’ … The federal government is not the law of the land.”