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Montana Already Passed a Nullification Bill in 2009 Which Was Found to be Unconstitutionally Void by a Court in 2013
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the Montana House Judiciary Committee voted to table HB 258, which would prohibit Montana state and local law enforcement from assisting in the enforcement of federal public safety laws. Nullifying federal law is unconstitutional and provisions in the bill would have prevented law enforcement officers from protecting their communities from gun violence and encouraged extremists to defy federal gun laws.
“Trying to nullify federal gun laws is dangerous and unconstitutional,” said Sheri Sprigg, a volunteer leader with the Montana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our communities are reeling from a year of record gun violence and an unprecedented pandemic, and the last thing we needed was a law that undermines our public safety. We are grateful to the committee for stopping this reckless legislation and will continue to fight for gun safety for all Montanans.”
Law enforcement officers are fighting on the frontlines of both COVID-19 and the gun violence public health crisis and need lawmakers’ help more than ever. With over 200 gun deaths per year, Montanans need proven gun safety laws to end this public health crisis but under a nullification law Montana law enforcement officers would be discouraged from assisting federal authorities in making sure people who are a threat to themselves and others don’t have access to a firearm.
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021