*VIDEO* Are the new Texas pro-gun laws Nullification of federal law? Austin Petersen May 10, 2013 Right to Bear Arms 1152 Share124 +12 Tweet9 Pin2 Share Stumble141Shares 278 Libertarian Republic Editor Austin Petersen joined Thom Hartmann for a debate to discuss the new Texas gun laws passed. The laws restrict the Feds from forcing state law enforcement to uphold federal laws using local resources. Although Hartmann invoked the tenth amendment, nullification and states rights argument, the laws passed do not actually nullify federal laws at all. The Texas bills only require that local law enforcement not be used to enforce those laws. That is a power granted to every state. The Supreme Court ruled in Printz v. U.S. that a federal commandeering of state and local officers is unconstitutional. The federal government cannot force states to uphold their laws. Nullification is commonly painted as an illegal tactic by the states to block the federal government from enforcing their laws within the states. However, that ignores the fact that the supremacy clause of the federal government is NOT in any way a blank check on government power. The supremacy clause of constitution only gives the federal government authority in the realm of issues related to the specifically delegated powers granted to it in the founding document. If the issue in question is not within the federal governments jurisdiction then the states do have a right to resist a federal overreach. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison articulated this with the proposal of the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions. These were passed as a response to the Alien and Sedition acts which criminalized free speech and made political enemies into criminals. In 1854, the government of Wisconsin went even further with nullification by declaring the fugitive slave act to be unconstitutional. More on the principle of nullification here. So my question is, does anyone really believe that nullification is an immoral principle? I’ll let you decide after you watch the debate below Share124 +12 Tweet9 Pin2 Share Stumble141Shares 278 *VIDEO* Senator Paul: Hillary Clinton is guilty of ‘dereliction of duty’Glenn Greenwald attacks Bill Maher on radical Islam & US militarismAbout The AuthorAustin PetersenFounder Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.