Federal Nullification Efforts Mounting in States
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Legislators in some states have passed measures allowing local prosecutors to charge federal agents for attempting to enforce federal gun control laws.
The measures are the latest example of a states' rights movement spreading across the nation.
An Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states now have local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on gun control, marijuana use, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver's licenses.
The recent trend began in Democratic leaning California with a 1996 medical marijuana law and has proliferated lately with gun measures in Republican strongholds. Kansas and Wyoming now have laws allowing criminal charges against federal agents that enforce certain firearms laws. A similar bill pending before Missouri's governor seeks to nullify even more federal gun laws.
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