Joe’s Blog- Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act
As a constitutional conservative, I’ve fought in both the political and legal arenas in defense of our Founders’ interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. This past week, I joined forces with the Gun Owners of America to defend the Second Amendment and Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA) from the most recent assault by President Obama’s BATF and DOJ.
The MFFA is an extraordinary piece of state legislation. It provides that any firearm manufactured entirely in Montana and retained within that state is not subject to federal regulation. Penned by a patriot, this legislation arises directly from what our Founders intended through the 10th Amendment: “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.”
At least seven other states have adopted similar legislation, but the patriots in Montana were the first. And they were the first to step up and challenge the BATF in federal court when it sent a letter to all gun dealers in Montana telling them that they must ignore the new state law.
The federal district court judge that heard the case ruled against the MFFA. Last week, we filed our amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit in hopes that it will follow the law and reverse the trial court. If it doesn’t, we’re prepared to help Montana’s patriots in their fight before the U.S. Supreme Court. We the People must never give up in our fight for states’ rights.