Firearms Freedom Act Update

South Dakota and Alaska are the latest states where bills have been introduced to exempt domestic manufacturers of firearms and ammunition from federal regulations while, in Arizona, a house panel voted last week to allow state residents make their own guns and bullets--and offer them for sale--without having to comply with federal regulations.

Rep. Nancy McLain, R-Bullhead City, said the bill is designed to have Arizona exercise its right of sovereignty that is guaranteed under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says "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."

More than 20 states nationwide considering such legislation, encompassed under the proposed Firearms Freedom Act sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center. The genesis for the movement comes from Montana, which passed an identical bill last year, setting the stage for a legal battle with the federal government.

For more, read:

--SOUTH DAKOTA: State Joins the Firearms Freedom Movement; http://www.dakotavoice.com/2010/01/south-dakota-joins-the-firearms-freedom-movement/

--ALASKA: Gun measure sends message to feds; http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=11915968

--SOUTH CAROLINA: Firearms Freedom Act needs help in Columbia; http://www.ammoland.com/2010/01/28/south-carolina-firearms-freedom-act/

--ARIZONA: House committee OKs homemade guns, ammo; ttp://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/150022

--Educate: Firearms Freedom Act Talking Points; http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/01/educate-firearms-freedom-act-talking-points/

--UTAH: State-Made Firearms Protection legislation; http://le.utah.gov/2010/bills/sbillint/sb0011.htm)