PHOENIX, February 24, 2014 – Today, a bill that would virtually nullify all federal gun acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations cleared another hurdle, passing out of a powerful Arizona state Senate committee, setting up a vote in the full senate in the coming days.
Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act along with 12 sponsors and cosponsors. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”
Last year, Judge Andrew Napolitano urged states to introduce and pass this type of legislation, saying that a single state passing such a law would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”
SB1294 rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot “commandeer” or coerce states into implementing or enforcing federal acts or regulations – constitutional or not. The anti-commandeering doctrine rests four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. The 1997 case Printz v. US serves as the modern cornerstone. Writing for the majority Justice Scalia called commandeering incompatible with the constitutional system.
“We held in New York that Congress cannot compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. Today we hold that Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the States’ officers directly. The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policy making is involved, and no case by case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”
The Senate Rules Committee passed the bill 4-2 with one member absent, deeming it proper for consideration with a floor amendment.
The proposed amendment clarifies that the bill does not prohibit state agents from accessing federal databases for approval of state conceal carry permit applications and makes a few other technical clarifications. The amendment language was drafted to allay some concerns voiced by the NRA.
“The regional representative of the NRA told us that they support the intent of the legislation, and we were very happy to hear that,” Arizona Tenth Amendment Center coordinator Adam Henriksen said. “The floor amendments address the concerns the NRA voiced, so we should be good to go.”
SB1294 now moves on to the full Senate for consideration.
“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”
After initial backing from the Tenth Amendment Center, SB1294 garnered support from the well-respected Arizona Citizens Defense League, along with national organizations such as Gun Owners of America and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).
“We are in league with this legislation, and we encourage every state to enact similar laws,” Sheriff Richard Mack said.
Mack founded CSPOA and was a lead plaintiff in the 1997 Printz case providing the legal basis for the bill.
It’s quite simple; you cannot say you support the Second Amendment and oppose this bill.
“Guns and Ammo magazine ranked Arizona number one for gun rights, giving our state a score of 49 out of a possible 50 points. Our legislators know that we won’t let our rights be trampled on,” he said.
In Arizona: Take steps to support SB1294 HERE.
For Other States: Contact your state legislators today – urge them to introduce similar legislation. Model bills and contact info
On Feb. 3, SB1310 was introduced to nullify the Common Core curriculum in the state of Arizona.
STATUS: 02-20: Passed Education Committee, 6-3 02-24: Passed Rules committee
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! It doesn’t matter where in Arizona you live, ACT NOW!
1. Call your State Senator. Be strong, but respectful. Urge your State Rep. to support SB1310. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call them back in a few days. It is important to call because a phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
You can find your legislator’s contact information by clicking HERE
2. Call your State Representative. Be strong, but respectful. Urge your State Senator to support SB1310 and introduce similar legislation in the House as well. If they do not support SB1310, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call them back in a few days. It is important to call because a phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
You can find your legislator’s contact information by clicking HERE
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us at http://ask.tenthamendmentcenter.com with any information you get.
4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.
5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB1310. It is essential to keep the educational system from being completely usurped by unaccountable, corrupt federal bureaucrats. Passing SB1310 will make that happen.
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PHOENIX (Feb, 24, 2014) – Today, the Arizona State Senate passed a bill that would legalize gold and silver as legal tender, moving the legislation on to the House for consideration.
If passed into law, Arizona could become the second state to recognize gold and silver as legal tender authorized for payments of debts and taxes.
SB1096 passed by a vote of 18-12
A similar bill was introduced last year. The bill passed both the House and Senate and made it to the Governor’s desk – where Jan Brewer ultimately vetoed it. It’s important to note that SB1096 is not a mandate, but simply would allow the people in Arizona to exchange goods and services, for gold or silver, without additional fines and taxes. [READ BILL TEXT HERE]
The Arizona House will now take up the bill, where it will need to be passed to make it back to the governor’s desk. Supporters say that a full year of pressure and outreach makes passage and a signature, while still difficult, more likely.
Currently all debts and taxes in Arizona and the rest of the United States are either paid with Federal Reserve Notes (dollars) which were authorized as legal tender by Congress, or with coins issued by the U.S. Treasury — very few of which have gold or silver in them.
The United States Constitution states in Article I, Section 10, “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” The Constitutional tender act is a big step towards that constitutional requirement which has been ignored for a long time in every state of the country. Such a tactic would achieve the desired goal of abolishing the Federal Reserve system by attacking it from the bottom up – pulling the rug out from under it by working to make its functions irrelevant at the State and local level.
Passage of the Constitutional Tender Act would introduce currency competition with Federal Reserve Notes. Professor William Greene explains further:
“Over time, as residents of the State use both Federal Reserve Notes and silver and gold coins, the fact that the coins hold their value more than Federal Reserve Notes do will lead to a “reverse Gresham’s Law” effect, where good money (gold and silver coins) will drive out bad money (Federal Reserve Notes). As this happens, a cascade of events can begin to occur, including the flow of real wealth toward the State’s treasury, an influx of banking business from outside of the State – as people in other States carry out their desire to bank with sound money – and an eventual outcry against the use of Federal Reserve Notes for any transactions.”
Once things get to that point, Federal Reserve notes would become largely unwanted and irrelevant for ordinary people. Nullifying the Fed on a state by state level is what will get us there.
Without a single act of Congress, the Federal Reserve system can be brought to its knees by passing such bills in states all over the country.
This bill has not been scheduled for a committee hearing yet, but it’s never too early to start taking steps to help get this legislation passed!
ACTION ITEMS for Arizona
1. Contact the Speaker of the House, Representative Andy Tobin - (602) 926-5172 Strongly, but politely, ask him to assign SB1096 to the appropriate committees to begin moving the bill through the House’s legislative process.
2. Contact your own state representative. Strongly, but politely, let them know you want them to vote YES on SB1096. Remind them that you expect them to support the Constitution, and that includes Article 1, Section 10 which says that the state needs to allow gold and silver to be used as legal tender. SB1096 will help facilitate this constitutional duty and you want a YES vote.
Contact info here: HOUSE CONTACT INFORMATION
3. Conatct Governor Jan Brewer. Strongly, but politely, let her know that you want her to SIGN SB1096 into law. Remind her and her staff that you expect her to support the Constitution, and that includes Article 1, Section 10 which says that the state needs to allow gold and silver to be used as legal tender. SB1096 will help facilitate this constitutional duty and you want a YES vote.
4. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also, share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you’re outside of Arizona, please contact your own legislators regarding Constitutional Tender legislation. If none has been introduced in your state, you can email them the model legislation HERE
PHOENIX, February 24, 2014 – Today, a powerful Arizona state senate committee passed SB1156, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, by a vote of 4-2 with one member absent. The bill now moves on to a vote in the state senate, which is likely to be the first full legislative body in the country to vote on a bill designed to thwart surveillance programs from the National Security Agency (NSA).
Introduced by Sen. Kelli Ward and 14 other sponsors and co-sponsors, SB1156 would ban the state from engaging in activities which help the NSA carry out their warrantless data-collection programs, or even make use of the information on a local level.
The OffNow Coalition provided the basis for the legislation in Arizona and more than twelve other states around the country. OffNow is organized by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), a civil liberties group advised by well-known anti-establishment figures such as Daniel Ellsburg and Naomi Wolf.
Ward said that her goal was to protect the liberty and the Constitution. Paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin she said, “We cannot sacrifice liberty for security.”
The legislation specifically bans the use of warrantless data in state courts. A Reuters report last year revealed that the NSA shares data with state and local law enforcement through a secret outfit called the Special Operation Division (SOD). The federal government also shares data mined by its agencies, including the NSA, through “fusion centers.
Reports in the Washington Post and USA Today last fall documented how “the FBI and most other investigative bodies in the federal government” are regularly using a mobile device known as a “stingray” to intercept and collect electronic data without a warrant. Local and state police “have access through sharing agreements.”
Shane Trejo of OffNow suggested that this might be the most important part of the legislation. “While Arizona might not be able to physically stop the NSA and other federal agencies from collecting our data without a warrant, legislation such as this can significantly reduce the practical effect of what they are trying to do with it, namely, use it within the states for non-terror criminal cases, which is a gross violation of the 4th Amendment,” he said.
The legislation would also ban Arizona from providing material support or resources to the operation of any federal facilities engaged in the warrantless surveillance of people in Arizona. While the NSA does not operate a physical facility in the state, the prohibition of material support sends an important message to the spy agency by pulling up the welcome mat.
“We know the NSA is aggressively expanding its physical locations around the country from Utah to Texas and elsewhere,” Trejo said. “Since the NSA rarely tells us its plans in advance, it is absolutely essential to make sure that states pass this legislation to cut them off at the pass. Our plan is to box them in and do everything we can to stop them.”
SB1156 now moves on to the state senate where it will need to pass by a majority vote before being considered by the house.
In Arizona, SUPPORT THIS BILL HERE: http://offnow.org/arizona/
All other states, take action here: http://offnow.org/state
SB1291 is a bill which takes strong steps towards nullifying “indefinite detention” powers. While this bill has passed its first committee, it still needs to be approved by another Senate committee before a full Senate vote. It has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee but still needs to be scheduled. It’s crucial that this bill passes in order to continue through the legislative process. Take 5-10 minutes of your day, follow these steps and assist in liberty.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where you live, take these actions today.
1. Contact the Committee Chairman and have him schedule the bill in his committee.
Senator Andy Biggs, Committee Chairman (R) — (602) 926-4371
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB1291. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days. If you get their voice-mail, leave a message. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED - in 2-3 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us with any information you receive.
4. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB1291. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Arizona no longer help the federal government enforce the NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions. Passing SB1291 will make that happen.
5. Report Back. Tell us how your actions went. Click the button below
Arizona Representative Bob Thorpe, along with 24 other representatives, have introduced a bill that would prohibit the unlawful use of drones. The bill aims to stop warrantless gathering, storage and collection of evidence of any type, including audio and video recordings. It would also require that search warrants would have to be specifically outlined for their purposes.
HB2613 would amend Section 13-1502 of the Arizona revised statutes by adding a section on drone use regulations. The text of the bill simply states:
A. A government agency or law enforcement officer may not use a mobile surveillance device to observe individuals or private property without permission unless the use of the mobile surveillance device occurs either:
1. Pursuant to a search warrant that authorizes the use of the mobile surveillance device.
2. During a state of emergency.
B. For the purposes of this section:
1. “mobile surveillance device” means a powered or unpowered aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator and that may be operated by remote control.
2. “state of emergency” has the same meaning prescribed in section 26‑301
ACTION ITEMS FOR ARIZONA
1. Get the bill scheduled to a committee. HB2613 has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, but we need your help getting the bill scheduled to be heard.
CALL Representative Eddie Farnsworth (R) – (602) 926-5735. He’s the committee chairman and is responsible for scheduling all the bills for this committee.
Let him know your concerns for the unlawful use of spy drones and that you expect his support for this legislation. Also ask him when you can expect the bill to be scheduled to his committee. This is crucial to get the bill started in the legislative process!
2. Call the other committee members. Strongly, but respectfully, ask them to support HB2613. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days. If you get their voicemail, LEAVE A MESSAGE. They will receive it. Let him or her know of your concern for the unlawful use of spy drones and that you expect support of this legislation.
Vice-Chairman Justin Pierce (R) – 602-926-5495
Representative John Allen (R) – 602-926-4916
Representative Albert Hale (D) – 602-926-4323
Representative Ethan Orr (R) – 602-926-3235
Representative Martín J. Quezada (D) – 602-926-5911
Representative Lupe Chavira Contreras (D) – 602-926-5284
Representative Doris Goodale (R) – 602-926-5408
Click here for more contact information.
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or email us at email@example.com with any information you get.
4. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for HB2613. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Arizona no longer help the federal government spy on all of us. Passing HB2613 will make that happen.
Also, you may want to contact the sponsor who introduced this bill and thank him: Representatives Bob Thorpe
LEGISLATION AND TRACKING
If you live outside of Arizona, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state. To see model legislation you can introduce in your state to nullify unlawful drone use, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: Privacy Protection Act
Track the status of Privacy Protection Acts in states around the country HERE