Federal nullification laws are beginning to spread across the country, following as more states pass laws contradicting national laws.
Missouri now leads the charge, this week expanding laws to allow state or local authorities to prosecute federal officers who try to enforce laws that conflict with local legislation.
AP sources have found that as many as four-fifths of US states have laws that go against federal legislation in some way, from rejecting Affordable Care Act mandates to banning gun regulation measures.
One of the more controversial laws include legislation regarding medical marijuana use, now present in nearly 20 states. Federal law still prohibits any form of marijuana possession or use, currently classified as a controlled narcotic.
Passed by their Republican-dominated state legislature and signed by the state’s Democratic governor, Missouri’s new federal nullification laws are believed to be a response to moves on the federal level for an increase in gun control laws.
Many state lawmakers have made clear their stance on gun control, members of a portion of American citizens who find any attempted at new gun regulation to be an attack on Second Amendment rights.
As it stands a number of states have passed laws that free local law enforcement officers from the duty of enforcing federal gun control laws.
Until this week, Kansas, Wyoming, and Arizona were among the states best known for their fed-bucking laws.
The Kansas governor received a letter from US Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this year, threatening to take the state to court over the conflicting laws.
Sources at AP say critics don’t think the laws will be upheld by any federal court, but that the increasing trend of federal nullification laws spreading across the US will send an important message to Washington.
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