Alabama Senate Passes Legislation Making Federal Gun Laws ‘Null And Void’
Alabama passed legislation on Tuesday that nullifies all federal gun laws in the state. The bill, passed by the Alabama Senate, says that “All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the Second Amendment." It also declares that any federal law that is contrary to the Second Amendment would be declared "null and void" in the state.
Missouri recently passed a similar bill that detailed the consequences federal law enforcement officials would face if they attempted to enforce federal gun laws in the state. The Alabama bill has no such provisions. Under the terms of the legislation passed by the Missouri House of Representatives, any violation of the ban of federal gun laws would be considered a felony.
Sen. Paul Sanford sponsored the bill. He says that he introduced the legislation after concerned constituents emailed him about potential actions that Congress could take with regard to firearm regulation. Sanford said the only federal gun laws that would be considered null and void were ones that violated the Second Amendment.
According to Robert Cottrol, a law professor at George Washington University, the Constitution prohibits states from overriding federal law and any state law written as such would likely be struck down in court, The Huffington Post reported.
Wyoming introduced a similar bill earlier this year, but state lawmakers voted down the legislation this year.