Can a state preclude the Fedgov from enforcing federal firearms laws within that state’s boundaries? That’s the question involved in this Kansas case from November, 2016, that will probably go to the United States Supreme Court. Here’s what the Denver Post had to say about it:
“WICHITA, Kan.— When Shane Cox began selling his homemade firearms and silencers out of his military surplus store, he stamped “Made in Kansas” on them to assure buyers that a Kansas law would prevent federal prosecution of anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.
“The 45-year-old Chanute resident also handed out copies to customers of the Second Amendment Protection Act passed in 2013 by the Kansas Legislature and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, and even collected sales taxes. His biggest selling item was unregistered gun silencers that were flying out of the shop as fast as Cox could make them, prosecutors said later. One of those customers — 28-year-old Jeremy Kettler of Chanute — was so enthusiastic about the silencer that he posted a video on Facebook.
“But last week a jury found Cox guilty of violating federal law for the manufacture, sale and possession of unregistered firearms and silencers. Kettler was found guilty on one count for possessing the unregistered silencer.”
CSPOA Executive VP and Legislative Liaison Rick Dalton said that “This is a perfect case to establish the principles of nullification and states’ rights once and for all. The overreach of the federal government is in the process of being reined in. We support the State of Kansas in its strong stance in defending it’s law against federal encroachment.”
Source: Denver Post 21 November 2016