- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 13, 2010) — Wyoming is the fourth state to pass a Firearms Freedom Act, but in keeping with the great traditions of freedom and independence enshrined in that state, the bill goes beyond any FFA passed to date.
While the law strengthens restrictions on those who can purchase a gun in Wyoming, it also contains a provision that would allow the arrest, detention, and punishment upon conviction of a U.S. marshal or other federal government official who tries to impose federal gun regulations on Wyoming residents.
According to WorldNetDaily, the law, signed by Governor David Freudenthal (D) on Thursday, states, “Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both.”
The original sponsor of the bill, state representative Allen Jaggi (R-18), stated, “This does draw a line in the sand in saying our state sovereignty means something — please let us have it…If it comes to push and shove, I hope we’re willing to stand up for our rights rather than just be pushed around.”
According to Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, “The principle behind such legislation is nullification, which has a long history in the American tradition. When a state ‘nullifies’ a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or ‘non-effective,’ within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned. Implied in such legislation is that the state apparatus will enforce the act against all violations – in order to protect the liberty of the state’s citizens.”
The Post & Email announced its incorporation in the state of Wyoming on February 10, 2010. According to Mr. John Charlton, Founder and Editor, “Wyoming was chosen to host the new company because it has no corporate taxes and represents the best of the American spirit of individualism and free-market enterprise.”