Elected officials from across the American West, from top lawmakers to county commissioners, held a historic gathering in Utah in recent days to discuss how Western states could wrest control of the almost 50 percent of land in the region currently claimed by the federal government. Aside from constitutional concerns — with a few exceptions, the U.S. Constitution does not authorize ownership or control over land by the political class in Washington, D.C. — the Western leaders and legislators cited economic harm, environmental degradation, loss of tax revenue, and numerous other reasons for the effort.
April 15 was the deadline for residents of New York to register so-called “assault weapons” that they owned before the passage of the state’s SAFE Act gun control law. But on the day of the deadline, pro-Second Amendment advocates, in an act of protest, gathered in downtown Buffalo to shred gun registration forms.
The state of California is working to ban individuals from serving as judges if they are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America because of the Scouts' policy of prohibiting homosexual troop leaders. The move, though it has major legal implications, comes from the California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics. Various organizations are warning that such a decision could create a slippery slope by telling judges how they must think in order to serve on the judiciary.
Two separate bills are working their way through the two houses of the Missouri state legislature, both of which are aimed at protecting citizens of the Show Me State from the impending federal gun grab.
The IRS is demanding that Campaign for Liberty hand over its donor list. But the organization has refused, noting that anonymous political lobbying in America goes all the way back to The Federalist Papers.