The Disarming Nature of the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act: A Constitutional Analysis of Wyoming’s Interposition Between its Citizens and the Federal Government

40 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2011  

O. Shane Balloun

Balloun Law Professional Corporation

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

Although the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act conflicts with existing federal law, the Act is a constitutionally valid exercise of state power. The Act is a manifestation of the doctrines of interposition and nullification espoused by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in the early history of the United States. The Act is also a clear exercise of state sovereignty that comports with the historical development of the Tenth Amendment.

Keywords: Wyoming, Firearms Freedom Act, Nullification, Interposition, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, State Sovereignty, States’ Rights, Tenth Amendment, Commerce Clause

Suggested Citation

Balloun, O. Shane, The Disarming Nature of the Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act: A Constitutional Analysis of Wyoming’s Interposition Between its Citizens and the Federal Government (March 1, 2011). Wyoming Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1784008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1784008

O. Shane Balloun (Contact Author)

Balloun Law Professional Corporation ( email )

355 Harris Avenue
Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
United States

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