Arkansas Protecting Your Rights

A lot of States within the country have decided to take the stance against the
unjust and unconstitutional laws that the Federal Government has begun to take
a stance on. Arkansas is no stranger to going toe to toe against these
draconian laws. I have been saying that the precedent that the States in the
beginning have set for the rest of the country would set things into motion to
protect firearms owners around the country in the months to come. Every day
when I have turned on the news or looked up something in terms of firearms
laws, there has been a new State making progress in legislation. The ability to
put into motion even at the beginning stages of the political process is
extremely important in the fight for preservation and protection of the Second Amendment.

Two bills have made their way through the “Republican- held State Committee,” that
would provide security to those who own firearms within the State. The first
bill that had caught my attention is Senate Bill 298. This is something that I
find to be truly beneficial to the individuals of the State. The Bill states
that , “ It would prohibit any law enforcement in the State from cooperating
with federal authorities to enforce federal gun regulations or any other federal law that “infringes “ on
the rights under the Arkansas Constitution. Police in the State would be
subject to criminal penalties and fines for working with federal authorities in
violation of the proposed state law.” I find this law to be extremely
interesting when it comes to the details that have been used to sum up the
bill. Law enforcement officers providing a sense of protection to the citizens
of Arkansas provides individuals with a form of protection and relief knowing
that the State has its officials there to protect their Constitutional Rights
along with their general well-being. Stemming off of this thought, the next
thing that I find interesting is how Arkansas plans to react to those
law-enforcement officials who do decide to work Federal officials and the
regulations that they are trying to pass. Making law-enforcement accountable
for enforcing draconian laws that the Federal Politicians want to pass is
extremely important in order to maintain a free and legal society.

The next bill that is making its way
alongside Senate Bill 298, is Senate Bill 59. Now when it comes to this bill, I
find that this is heading into the right direction and is following the
direction of States such as Alabama and Missouri. Senate Bill 59, “would
declare that certain firearms manufactured, sold and kept within the State of
Arkansas would not be subject to federal regulation.” However this would
exclude items such as , “ machine guns, black powder weapons or guns that need
to be handled by at least two people.” This Bill is something that I find to be
extremely important for everyone not only in the State of Arkansas, but for
everyone around the country (if their State makes that step towards protecting
its citizens and the Second Amendment). Let’s face it, when it comes to many
firearms that the Federal Government wants to ban, there are more than just a
hundred in circulation; the number reaches well into the millions; shows the
American people that this is a fine example of governmental tyranny.

The ability for States to protect
their citizens is absolutely crucial in this time in history. With the stroke
of a pen, law-abiding citizens will become criminals without hesitation on a
federal level. I believe that now it is up to the States in order to provide
the protection that we need in order to maintain the freedom that we are
guaranteed as Americans through the United States Constitution. I will be sure
to provide updates as time progresses and more information is made available to
the public.

Author: Nicholas Torres