The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is elegant in its simplicity and clarity. It’s also a bone in the throat of the Leviathan we call the Federal government. Simply put, it restricts the scope of the Federal government to only those specific items delegated to it in the Constitution. (Although today you’d never know it existed.) In it’s entirety it states,
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Recently, there has been a groundswell of resolutions from state capitals in flyover states, reasserting the states’ rights and the limitations of the federal government found in the Tenth Amendment. One state, however, has done something concrete before even passing such a resolution. Today we read of a new bill signed by Governor Brian Schweitzer(D) (notice the “D”) of Montana. “…it’s another way of demonstrating the sovereignty of the state of Montana…”, he says. The bill exempts Montana made firearms from federal jurisdiction. Supporters are hoping for a Supreme Court test case and are looking to support and fund a challenge. Keep this one on your radar.