Assembly passes ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ bill that would bar enforcement of federal gun restrictions

Assembly passes 'Second Amendment sanctuary' bill that would bar enforcement of federal gun restrictions

MADISON – Wisconsin gun owners would not be subject to federal firearm laws under legislation up passed by Republicans and one Democrat in the state Assembly on Wednesday. The bill, which also requires Wisconsin gun manufacturers to include a "Made in Wisconsin" stamp on their firearms , is part of a national effort by Republican lawmakers to push back against new gun restrictions that could be imposed by a Democratic-controlled Congress and President Joe Biden. But the idea has been deemed unconstitutional in the past in other states because state law cannot override conflicting federal law under the U.S. Constitution. Rep. Tip McGuire, D-Kenosha, said the legislation is inferior to the Second Amendment and "in fact undermines the Constitution that we all swore an oath to uphold." According to a nonpartisan analysis by the Legislature’s legal staff provided to McGuire said the legislation if enacted would bar law enforcement from confiscating firearms from people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence because there is no state law allowing it. Proponents call the proposal a "Second Amendment sanctuary." "Passing this bill is going to be protecting the Second Amendment rights of the people who live in these state’s borders," Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, said. Rep. Dave Murphy, R-Greenville, said the Biden administration is "scaring us and making us feel like our Second Amendment rights are not going to be upheld." The bill also would bar the enforcement of laws that restrict gun or ammunition sales […]

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