Monday, January 24, 2011


House Of Delegates Considers “10th Amendment” Laws

Three bills have been introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates that would exempt guns and coal from federal regulation if both are produced and used in the state. Both bills are based on the premise that the federal government’s authority to regulate goods stems only from its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, so if the goods don’t leave West Virginia’s borders, the government has no jurisdiction. All three bills are what are sometimes referred to as “10th Amendment” laws. Eight states, including Tennessee, have passed “Firearms Freedom Acts” exempting state-made firearms from federal regulations, according to The 10th Amendment Center, which promotes the legislation. West Virginia would be the first to attempt the same thing with coal if the bill becomes law. Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, is the lead sponsor of the coal and gun bills.

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