Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mississippi Governor Vows To Block Obama Gun Orders

Presidential decrees are “Overreaching and anti-constitutional violation of our rights as American citizens”

Steve Watson
Jan 17, 2013

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant vowed yesterday to block enforcement of any federal gun restrictions that infringe upon the Second Amendment, saying that lawmakers should draw up a bill to further protect the State’s rights.

“I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement,” Bryant wrote in a letter to his Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state House Speaker Philip Gunn.

Bryant noted that he has no qualms with background checks and existing gun laws that ensure people do not illegally acquire firearms, but said he will not tolerate moves to place restrictions on law abiding gun owners, adding that criminals will not be deterred by such laws.

“If someone kicks open my door and they’re entering my home, I’d like as many bullets as I could to protect my children, and if I only have three, then the ability for me to protect my family is greatly diminished,” Bryant said. “And what we’re doing now is saying, ‘We’re standing against the federal government taking away our civil liberties.’”

In a press conference immediately following Obama’s address to the nation, Bryant and Gunn noted that because Mississippi is a rural state, it can take law enforcement officers up to 20 minutes to reach some homes in an emergency, and that people’s right to defend themselves should not be infringed upon.


“When it’s for self protection, you need as much firepower as needed to protect your family,” Bryant said, describing the federal executive orders announced by the president yesterday as an “overreaching and anti-constitutional violation of our rights as American citizens.”

During the conference, State Rep. Chris Brown told reporters and those gathered that he is drafting legislation that will declare firearms manufactured in Mississippi fall under state law and cannot be subjected to federal regulations.

In addition to Mississippi, several other states have introduced similar measures in an attempt to stifle the executive orders.

Tennessee Republican state Rep. Joe Carr has declared that he will attempt to make it illegal for federal authorities to impose any kind of a ban on guns or ammunition.

Carr is sponsoring legislation that would charge federal agents with a Class A misdemeanor for attempting to enforce such actions.

“We’re tired of political antics, cheap props of using children as bait to gin up emotional attachment for an issue that quite honestly doesn’t solve the problem,” Carr said.

Similar legislative moves to pre-empt the federal gun restrictions have also been proposed in Wyoming, Utah and Alaska.

The 23 executive orders Obama announced yesterday apply only to the federal government, not local or state law enforcement. Without action by the House, it is therefore unlawful to enforce the decrees on sheriffs and other law enforcement departments across the nation.

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