By Mike Maharrey on July 17, 2013
A second small city in Kansas has stepped up to add another level of defense in the battle to protect the right to keep and bear arms in the Sunflower State.
On July 8, the city of Muscotah, Kan., adopted an ordinance prohibiting any agency or person in the employ of the city from enforcing, providing material support for, or participating in any way in the enforcement of any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of federal government regarding personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition with the city limits. The city modeled its ordinance off one passed earlier this year in Herndon. This was not simply a resolution declaring support for the right to keep and bear arms, but a legally binding ordinance, barring any cooperation with federal agents trying to enforce acts violating the Second Amendment.
Muscotah became the third local government in Kansas to approve a legally binding act protecting the right to keep and bear arms, joining Herndon and Sedgwick County. These local actions add an additional row of teeth to the state law passed during the most recent legislative session.
Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, affirming its commitment to the Second Amendment by adopting Section 4 of the State Bill of rights. It provides for the right to keep and bear arms, for the defense of self, family, home and state. With that right under assault by an overzealous and overreaching federal government, state officials moved in to interpose. On April 16, Gov. Brownback signed “The Second Amendment Protection Act” into law. The passage and signing of the Second Amendment Protection Act represented a huge step in protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Kansas, but local support will play a vital role in the ultimate success of the new Kansas law.
If other cities, counties and towns follow Muscotah’s lead, blanketing the entire state with local governments refusing to enforce, federal gun control measures will be rendered toothless throughout the state. Judge Andrew Napolitano affirmed that such widespread noncompliance can make federal laws “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here). Quite simply, the federal government absolutely cannot enforce gun control in Kansas without the cooperation of state and local governments.