The Impact of Individual State Laws…and Their Enforcement

Posted on: November 15th, 2014
It used to be that if you lived in a particular state you didn’t really have to worry much about what was going on in other states…particularly when it came to gun laws. In fact, many people would move to a state because of their gun laws and figure that was it and they could enjoy their firearms, regardless of what other states were doing. If you wanted more freedom with guns, you moved to Texas, if you wanted less activity with guns you move to Maryland…for example.

Today, more than ever, we are seeing this change. With the proliferation of the internet and our access to news and issues from anywhere in the world at our fingertips, what used to not affect you is now affecting you.

Take the situation going on in Maryland, a state that has very tight gun laws and is viewed as one of the strictest in the nation. But does that mean they are being enforced? Maybe not…

In a recent article in Newsmax, “Maryland Gun Laws Provide Interesting Case Nationally,” they talked specifically about this issue of enforcement of gun laws in a very strict state. Apparently, some are not too anxious to make this happen. Is this setting a precedence or guideline for other police officers and others who uphold the law? Interesting discussion…and one that will be shared and debated in many more states than Maryland and gun laws change.

According to the article, NBC News reported that a number of rural sheriffs had vowed to NOT enforce gun laws they considered to be unconstitutional. Apparently he, along with a number of other sheriffs felt their Firearm Safety Act “had serious ramifications on the U.S. Constitution, specifically our Second Amendment right.” He went on to say…
"As long as I'm the sheriff in this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it."

He is now in the sights of The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and they are pressing hard to get his teaching certificate revoked and other sanctions on Officer Lewis. This discussion isn’t over…either in Maryland or in many other states. When laws are passed that affect the U.S. Constitution…anywhere in the country…you can bet there will be more Officer Lewis’s and this discussion will reach a national magnitude. There will definitely be more on this discussion and debate in Maryland…but will it happen here? Some say yes while others say no…you get to decide and you do have a say.
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