Mississippi Pushes for Nullification of Federal Laws

Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers think it is time to do so again.

Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, filed a bill this month to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Laws.
Chism said that the tea party-backed measure is a response to President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul and proposals to curb gun violence.
“Certainly, the Obamacare started this,” Chism told The Associated Press, referring to the health care plan, “but then gun show loopholes that the president wanted after Newtown really put an exclamation on that — that we need to do something to stand up for the Tenth Amendment.”
The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says powers not specifically reserved for the federal government are reserved for the states.
House Constitution Committee Chairman Scott DeLano, R-Biloxi, said the bill has a good chance of being debated and that he has heard from other lawmakers who support it.
But Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey said the measure is a waste of time because federal law trumps state law when the two are in conflict.
“It is hard to imagine a less productive use of time by key legislative officials than to pursue that which they have no power to pursue,” Steffey said.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant last week asked legislators to block enforcement of “any unconstitutional order” from Obama regarding guns.

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  • Cross1967

    Go Mississippi, keep trucking along!

  • traitorhater

    My congratulations to Mississippi. Now if Tennessee’s Republican governor Haslam and the Republican representatives would grow a set and do the same thing. I’m about believing they’re democrats in disguise and obama a**kissers.

    • TexasOlTimer

      Hopefully other states will follow suit. Maybe if enough of them stand up to the federal government, we’ll get the point across.

  • Wally

    The law professor forgot the most important part. That is, the federal govt cannot trump the Constitution, the powers the Constitution gives the federal govt, or their respective sworn oaths to office. A violation of any of these is an act of treason, and illegal law, and does not have to be complied to by any individual.

    • Rattlerjake

      For that exact reason most of the federal laws on the books need to be nullified. Any law that violates individual rights is unconstitutional (whether city, state, of federal).

    • OK How to start a fight. Now if a Federal Law , in question, does NOT conflict with the US CONSTITUTION then I think it would trump any State Law that was in conflict with that Federal Law, Please note I said that does not come into conflict with the Constitution, meaning any part of it, Now that also would apply to any State Laws, Local and or City Ordinances that would conflict with the Constitution, The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land every other Law, rule, regulation, Order, directive, etc. is first Subject to it. They can not be in conflict or infringe upon the Constitution in any way or for any reason, no matter how reasonable they may seem at the time. Now if changes to the constitution need to ne made they can be made by using the Amendemnt Process, but until those amendmends are made and approved they do not count either.
      And I agree any of the laws and rules, etc. that have been made and passed that do conflict with the constitution are illegal and therefore, they are not binding, and should not be followed or allowed to be implemented, or they should be repealed if all ready on the books.

      • Danmo43

        NOPE! State law trumps federal law in ALL cases. That “supreme law of the land” is progressive propaganda.

  • PaleRidere

    Federal law ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT trump state law. The law professor who stated otherwise needs to read the constitutions, 10th Amendment.

  • Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey should be disbarred for offering tripe like that. Federal law is only supreme if made in furtherance of an express power of the constitution. It would be nonsensical (and a recipe for tyranny) if it were otherwise.

    • Orion Webster

      Awesome post!

  • R

    Mr. Steffey, Unconstitutional Federal law does not trump State law. County Sheriffs also have the authority to stand between their citizens and any attempted enforcement of unconstitutional law.

    • Attila

      The sheriffs need to stock up on anti tank and aircraft missiles if they intend to enforce that kind of authority.

  • wdcraftr

    First, the Sheriffs, now States, and if Only the head of the NRA had Balls like these.. Tell Obama No More Laws, No more Confiscation, No More Abuse of Power!

    • NRA is not a legislative power… only a lobby.

      • wdcraftr

        Ronda, I know it’s a Lobby, but they are still representing their members, and when the President of NRA concedes concessions to Obama, it is like All of his Millions of Members are conceding. But, you’re right, it comes down to our Congress Members to Hold the line on Obama and our 2nd Amendment.

    • if only the republicans had balls, we already know that there is not one democrap in office that have balls, and if any of them have, they are the size of bbs, they are all girly boys, not one man in the democrap party……

  • Orion Webster

    Why is it that the common person can understand the common language of the Constitution, but a”brilliant” professor (sarcasm) knows nothing about it? That professor should be fired, tarred, and feathered.

    I’m glad Mississippi is setting the standard. We all should call and write our legislatures to support this “common sense”legislation.

  • Yovnne G

    Yessss, Mississippi, keep it up

  • Bobbie

    [email protected]

    • Orion Webster

      Organize protests with Bibles in one hand and “assault weapons” in the other.

      Capital protests on Feb 8th and Mar 13th.

      Any military, law enforcement, security officers dress up in uniform, carry your weapons, and march in major cities. I will be every Monday next month

  • bless2live

    Offer Congress some insider trading and they will jump through hoops for you! Offer them some kickbacks and watch them roll around on the floor and whizzzzzzz in there briefs! Watch them cry like babies when you tell them your going to take there millions away from them! Tell them term limits are law now and watch them run for there 16 oz banned kool aid cups and drink till the cows come home! Oh well”what difference does it make” anyway!

  • reggiec

    , James Madison warned us against this.
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
    Second Amendment:
    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to KEEP and BEAR arms, shall not be INFRINDGED.”
    Words have meanings! If those meanings are bastardized all becomes chaos.
    Definition of to KEEP: to hold or retain in one’s possession; hold as one’s own.
    Definition of to BEAR: to carry, transmit, transport, have a characteristic of and exhibit.
    Definition of INFRINGE: to “encroach” upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.
    THIS IS THE WORD MOST FORGETEN……INFRINGE!!!!! Read the meaning!!!
    Definition of INFRINGE/ENCROACH…….. 1: to enter by “GRADUAL STEPS OR BY STEALTH” (MY BOLD) into the possessions or rights of another. 2: to advance beyond the usual or proper limits
    Why is this so hard to understand? The meanings of the words in the Second Amendment have not changed since the amendment was ratified.
    I am not aware of the Second Amendment being repealed or amended.
    Many in politics from the legislative, administrative branches and or judges cite “precedent” as a justification for the violations of our rights as guaranteed in The Constitution of These United States of America. Precedent only describes what has been done and gotten away with, not if it was done in compliance with the supreme law of the land or in accordance with the oath of office to uphold The Constitution.

    • Veteranasm

      These “people” think they are kings and queens, us pesants are to stupid to think for ourselfs !! I can say they are wrong, we may soon have to prove this fact to them !!

  • ExNoZtoTheY

    I’m all for that…. but wouldn’t this make the federal gov to pull all fed $, grants, programs out? I’m not keen on state taxes… does Mississippi have them? Can they hold their own without fed cash or programs?

    • CelticGyrl

      Yes, we have state income taxes. We also are now one of the states with more people on welfare than working! MS is still p o’d about being ignored after Hurricane Katrina! But we’ve come back and are still recovering. Unfortunately, we had a massive influx of liberals sucking up damaged properties cheap and now they’re turning our state purple instead of red. Not giving up without a fight though.

    • Attila

      Everything Uncle Sam gives comes with a price. You may think more affluent states pay for the “free money” your state gets. Most of that money you are credited with receiving goes to the overhead in collecting and distributing it. Most of the people getting it could work if they came down a notch or two. In the end you pay the most, with your freedom.

  • Jack

    I am not surprise that Matt would say something like that.Most law professor’s are left anyway’s. Those colleges where they work at get federal funds to stuff bs political correctness down our kids throat .So he has to say those stupid things.If he wants to get pay, what a coward

    • this is from someone that has a lawyer for a son, he went to law school with some common sense, but as all lawyers traded his common sense for a law degree, and that is all of his sense. all of it went out the window. I have yet to meet a praticing lawyer that has any common sense

  • foxxybey

    Obozo-care is death to the elderly and has gun rules in it along with EPA rules on selling your home and his control is just taking away the rights of citizens and does nothing to hurt the crooks. Both need to go or the dictator-in-chief will become a little god.

  • Veteranasm

    Texas damn sure better be on the same page, or we will have some change in our state goverenment ! Do you hear me Gov. Perry ???

  • jd1958

    Listen to O’bama he and the media makes this stuff up as they go along. They pick and choose what laws to enforce and what laws not to. Legislate when he feels he needs to. But as far as this goes. States Rights prevail. There is no conflict. There are no federal laws for “O’bozo Care nor for Curtailing the 2nd amendment” There is this little part that says: “shall not be infringed” speaks volumes.

  • liar, liar, pants on fire. I am always disapointed that when obozo opens his mouth, his pants don’t catch fire. everytime his lips move a lie comes out……..

  • Larry Knight

    I hope that Florida will step up to the plate on this matter also!

  • Dr. Evil

    I think the law professor should be disbarred and fired from his job.

  • Laird

    Who the hell says that federal law trumps state law when they are in conflict? Where is that written and codified? The answer is NOWHERE!! The Constitution trumps ANY federal or state law, which every public official has taken an oath to defend!!

  • Squaredeal

    Federal law cannot over ride State law..this is why many Sheriffs in different States say they will imprison any Fed that tries to confiscate any firearm or enforce any Fed laws in their state.

  • Born in America

    I have one question: Why hasn’t the House of Representitives filed impeachment charges against this B**** S** of a B****??? What this SOB is doing is nothing more than a act ot treason and he should be thrown out of office. Once and for all the people should DEMAND Hawaii turn over his actual birth certificate for review and all of his school transcripts should be open for review by the American People. If found he is not qualified to hold the Office of the President, he should be stripped of his citizenship charged with treason and jailed or shipped off to Kenya. In any case this man is a traitor to this country.

    • Tom McClintock (Repub Ca)says since obama’s birth was listed in Hawaiian newspapers he believes obama is legit. People have told him about the fact he is not a natural born citizen with both parents citizens, he has dual citizenship and other dis qualifiers. I think he is just too lazy to do anything about it.

  • So called Prof.Matt Steffey is a liberal clown. The Constitution is exactly why the Feds can’t act in a way that subverts the sovereignty of each State.If federal law trumps State then why has pot growers and dealers been arrested in States that legalized it? We are the “United States ” because the federal reach is limited. If federal law trumps state we would be the United Socialist States of America. Also due to any law that subverts the Constitution being illegal the feds have no authority to go into a State and arrest law abiding citizens of that State because dictator Obama says so. Yes States can block federal law that is illegal.

  • LittleMoose

    Mississippi College constitutional law professor Matt Steffey said the measure is a waste of time because federal law trumps state law when the two are in conflict. What Mr. Steffey assumes is that the federal law conforms to the Constitution. It seems to me that ObamaCare and gun laws conflict with the Second and Fourth Amendments and any reasonable person without an agenda can see that.

    • Attila

      So what? the income tax conflicts with the 5th and 14th Amendments. Any reasonable person can see that, but the political class has successfully scammed the sheeple into supporting “taxes on the rich” with the promise of ripping off their fellow man.

  • Steffey must be a liveral/socialist. That is because federal law that is NOT CONSTITUTIONAL trumps NOTHING. And I haven’t even studied law. Where do these morons come from.
    Professors are DEAD if they believe that the Constitution is a LIVING document.

  • Lloyd

    Are they educated idiots, blind,or stupid? Maybe all three. I have only two semesters of college, with a so called learning handicap, but it seems pretty obvious to me.And as Al Roberts in the text below said, no law courses. Once we lose the 10th and 2nd amendment rights, we will lose all of the rest. Obviously, the idiocy and moronic behavior of so many of our educators do not stop with the elementary or high school levels. And please, I realize that not all educators are brain dead. I guess he doesn’t think he should be able to keep his 1st amend rights. How does this feel “Professor” shut up, you are wrong. Even the states authority is limited to what the people say. But each states authority “trumps” federal authority. You don’t have the right to your opinion. Not too cool is it? Back off, I want to keep my rights.


    GO DIXIE….

  • sukalubov

    Keep it up Mississippi, just keep it up and you and Tx will have more more documented American citizens at your doors than you know what to do with

  • great state you would never see ct taking actions like this excuse me but holy crap some of these states are really sticking up for there people but not ours so far it will go along with diane frankenstien, and bloomenthoul which I use to repsect now he has pushed his way in with the other cowards in new england

  • Attila

    Federal law does NOT trump state law unless it is within the bounds of the Constitution. That eliminates most of it.from consideration. Other than defense, diplomacy, and regulation of duties between states (original intent of the Commerce Clause), state law prevails. The citizens have allowed pandering legislators and complicit judges to run away with federal authority. This is a good first step in taking it back.

  • Federal law does not trump states laws should the federal law be UNCONSTITUTIONAL and that is what the 10th Amendment is about .Read the Articles of our COnstitution and get the real picture of what our founding fathers said and what they were preparing future generations to fight for and uphold not like the OATH BREAKERS that are doing their best to nullify OUR CONSTITUTION.

  • tbonpc

    When will Alabama get on the band wagon?

  • Becky Kress

    The fear of this kind of federal government overreach is exactly why the founding fathers had a hard time uniting the states. While they feared the possibilities, I’m not sure they could have foreseen just how far abreast of liberty and states rights we have gone. If so, we may never have formed the union. I hope every state wakes up and stands against this bloated federal government and the thieving tyrants who lie within.

  • God save us from college professors. Stupid ass hicks.