By Tenth Amendment Center Blog
A Louisiana state representative has introduced a bill that would nullify parts of the national firearms act of 1934.
Louisiana HB519 was introduced on March 10, 2014 by state representative Barry Ivey, a Republican of the 65th district. The bill would authorize “the possession of short barrel firearms without federal registration for lifetime concealed handgun permit holders”.
According to the bill it would apply to shotgun barrels under 18 inches in length or rifle barrels less than 16 inches in length or or any weapon made from either a rifle or a shotgun if the weapon has been modified to have an overall length of less than 26 inches.
Current federal law requires that person register certain firearms under title 18 or title 26 of the United States Code. The proposed Louisiana state law provides that a Louisiana holder of a lifetime concealed handgun permit holder may possess certain firearms without complying with the provisions of Title 18 or 26 of the United States Code.
This law stands in direct defiance of Federal Law. The bill doesn’t offer any protection from federal prosecution, but limited federal resources would likely make widespread federal enforcement virtually impossible. A large number of states ignoring any federal gun law would have the practical effect of nullifying it.
This legislation sets the stage for more aggressive nullification efforts. If the state simply banned state cooperation with enforcement of federal law, it would effectively nullify a wide range of act violating the Second Amendment.
HB519 was referred to the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.