House Bill Would ‘Void’ Federal Gun Laws, Court Rulings that Ohio Lawmakers Oppose

House Bill Would ‘Void’ Federal Gun Laws, Court Rulings that Ohio Lawmakers Oppose

This article was originally published on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Fourteen House Republicans signed onto legislation that would allow the state of Ohio to nix federal gun laws and court rulings that legislators deem to violate of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. House Bill 62 would declare any federal law, executive order, administrative action, or court ruling to be “null, void, and of no effect in this state” if it infringes upon the Second Amendment. Legal acts that would qualify as infringements under the bill (the “Second Amendment Safe Haven Act”) include any of the following if they could “reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect.” Any tax on guns, gun parts, or ammunition not common to other goods and services Any registering or tracking of guns Any registering or tracking of gun owners Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, use or transfer of guns or ammo by law-abiding citizens Any act ordering the confiscation of guns The bill also prohibits law enforcement from enforcing any federal laws, court rulings, or orders that would qualify as infringements under the bill. If they do, they “shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law.” It would prohibit a defense known as “qualified immunity,” which state employees claim as a defense for carrying out their official job duties. Exactly how HB 62 would play out is unclear. For instance, President Joe Biden last week announced planned executive actions to limit the proliferation of “ghost guns” […]

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