Seven states filed briefs supporting Montana’s effort to force the federal government to stay out of the regulation of guns which are manufactured and sold within the same state.
Utah, Alabama, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia all signed on to the lawsuit. The states argue that the U.S. Constitution gives them the right to control activities inside state borders, and they want the authority to do so under the firearms freedom acts advancing around the country.
Although this lawsuit centers around guns, it has serious implications for virtually everything the federal government regulates without any real constitutional authority – from drugs to guns. I know many liberal hypocrites who want the feds out of drugs but not guns and, vice-versa, conservatives who want the feds out of guns but not drugs.
The truth is that the federal government has no business in either and my hope is that people can put aside their personal feelings in order to limit the federal government to only what it is constitutionally authorized to do.