State Rep. Hanes introduces ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ calling on Alabama to ignore federal gun control laws

State Rep. Hanes introduces ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ calling on Alabama to ignore federal gun control laws

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MONTGOMERY — State Rep. Tommy Hanes (R-Bryant) has introduced a piece of legislation entitled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” that he claims would make certain federal gun control laws “null and void” in Alabama. HB 223 has seven cosponsors and has been referred to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. In a statement regarding the bill, Hanes said, “It’s about standing up for the liberty of law-abiding citizens.” “The Second Amendment is the thread that binds the Constitution. What this does is protect the people’s right to defend themselves, their family and their property. This country was founded by Patriots who recognized that an armed citizenry is the best defense against tyranny. We will fight to uphold this right in Alabama,” he continued. HB 223 states, “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, 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 shall be 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.” The legislation lists several examples of what would be “considered null and void.” To be clear, the bill is expected to be seen as a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, meaning HB 223 would be ruled unconstitutional if enacted into law. “The Legislature is firmly resolved to support and defend […]

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