Gun Bill Condones Arrest of Federal Agents
Mike Chenault, the mouth-breathing bully who also happens to be the Republican Speaker of the House in Juneau, has an awesome idea.
As the country enters into a conversation about gun control, Chenault puts forward House Bill 69:
House Speaker Mike Chenault says federal law enforcement officers should be arrested in Alaska if they attempt to enforce any future federal law banning personal possession of assault rifles or large ammunition clips or if they attempt to register any Alaska firearm.
“Well, this is interesting,” said Karen Loeffler, the U.S. Attorney for Alaska and the chief federal law enforcement official in the state. She declined to comment further until she could study the bill.
And the US Attorney’s office thought that the “you don’t have jurisdiction over me” phenomenon was reserved for the sovereign citizen movement. Nope. Our House Majority Leader is all over it, and says federal agents attempting to enforce federal law could be jailed under a Class B misdemeanor. Just because we’re a state in the United States, don’t let that make you think that you can tell us what to do, United States government. You just keep sending us those federal checks, and then back off. We’re standing our ground, as it were.
The fact that this bill is blatantly unconstitutional doesn’t seem to faze Chenault. In an interview with Alaska Public Radio Network, he guffawed, stating that we’d just have to wait and see, but the fact that it might be unconstitutional doesn’t mean it’s “less important.” If by “important” he means wasting everyone’s time, and freaking people out, then yes. And the irony of ignoring the Constitution to protect the Constitution seems lost on the mental giant from Nikiski whose ilk often lament the “shredding of the Constitution.” Apparently these guys only want to shred Article VI, Section 2.
Lest you think that Mike Chenault is an outlier in his radical idiocy, he’s already got three co-sponsors – Craig Johnson and Charisse Millett of Anchorage, and Tammie Wilson of North Pole.
Even Governor Sean Parnell, in last night’s State of the State address to the legislature, referred several times to Alaska “seeking and asserting primacy” over the federal government. “We will not roll over,” he said. “Washington DC doesn’t get Alaska – it never has and it never will.” And “there is a disconnect between federal flights of fancy, and reality.” Referring to resource development, he said, “It’s about time we exercise our rights over our resources.”
Earlier this month, a militia member standing trial for conspiracy to murder federal officials repeatedly asked at his sentencing hearing for proof that the government, and the court had jurisdiction over him. “I see a force of law, forced on me by an unknown entity. I reside in the state of Alaska, not in our government realm. I am sovereign!”
That attitude didn’t seem to help Mr. Vernon. He was sentenced to almost 26 years in a federal prison.
House Bill 69 has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Eerily similar legislation is in the works in Texas and Wyoming, except those states would consider federal enforcement of federal law to be a felony, instead of a misdemeanor. Alaska feels so moderate all of a sudden.