Gary Marbut: Gun Rights and the Commerce Clause

Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Sport Shooting Association, discusses gun rights and activism in Montana, the Firearms Freedom Act and the various states where this is being passed or considered, the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, litigation in federal court, the Raich case on medical marijuana, Real ID, and the judicial branch’s disdain for the 10th Amendment.

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State sovereignty is a long-standing American tradition

For many, the question of American secession was settled once-and-for-all by Abraham Lincoln’s military victory against the South. Not so, writes Kirkpatrick Sale, author and director of the Mulberry Institute, a pro-secession think tank: “Of course, it is true that the particular secession of 1861-65 did not succeed, but that didn’t make it illegal or even unwise. It made it a failure, that’s all. The victory by a superior military might is not the same thing as the creation of a superior constitutional right.”

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Firearms Freedom Act Introduced in Minnesota

“For far too long elected officials and unelected bureaucrats at the federal level have passively forgotten or actively neglected the Tenth Amendment that guarantees rights not enumerated in the Constitution be left to the individual states,” said Rep. Emmer. “The willful disregard of the Tenth Amendment in relation to a citizen’s right to bear arms isn’t the only constitutional infringement that we should be worried about, but it is one that has been singled out by the new administration.”

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