The campaign to stop federal violations of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment at the state and local level got two big boosts with the introduction of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Arizona and an important police endorsement for a similar bill pending in Florida, according to press statement released on Monday by a national think-tank based in Los Angeles, Calif.
According to the Tenth Amendment Center, Florida's HB733 picked up the endorsement of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Sheriff Richard Mack founded CSPOA and he's a former sheriff in Arizona.
The highly-decorated law enforcement chief said his organization supports the Florida Second Amendment Preservation Act, and he would like to see every state in the Union take the same path.
"This bill is one more needed action in the growing movement to return the powers not expressly given to the federal government back to the States and the People, according to the Constitution. We are in league with this legislation, and we encourage every state to enact similar laws," Mack stated.
CSPOA is in the process of communicating it's support to legislatures throughout the country, according to Rick Dalton, CSPOA legislative liaison. "Our members are on the front lines and this kind of law will aid us in standing firm in defense of the rights of the people we serve," said he said.
Eugene Morrissey, also a retired police commander, told the Examiner that he believes this is a step in the right direction for states seeking to articulate their sovereignty. "We have finally been visibly confronted with a federal government in the throes of lawlessness. The current White House has little regard for constitutional law and even less regard for American citizens," said Chief Morrissey.
"Obama told Americans 'if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,' but we discovered that was a lie. He's also claimed he is not seeking to take Americans' guns away, but we know he and his attorney general are chomping at the bit to grab those weapons," Morrissey added.
CSPOA just held a conference last week in Las Vegas where all those present signed a resolution putting the federal government on notice that lawless and unconstitutional federal activities will not be tolerated where its members have jurisdiction.
In fact, a police commanding officer in New Mexico returned to his office after attending the conference in Las Vegas to find he was placed on "administrative leave" by political leaders in his jurisdiction, according to an Examiner news story.
Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Police Chief Shane Harger was arbitrarily terminated, in part, for his participation in a conference of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) in Las Vegas one week ago, according to the Examiner.
Along with eight other sponsors, Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB 1294 declares all federal regulations violating the Second Amendment “invalid and void in this state.” It also prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”
“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”
Arizona Tenth Amendment state chapter coordinator Adam Henriksen agreed. "Guns and Ammo magazine ranked Arizona number one for gun rights, giving our state a score of 49 out of a possible 50 points. Our legislators know that we won't let our rights be trampled on,” he said.