Steve Chapman on Gun Control and Nullification


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The 21st century is the golden age of gun rights. All 50 states allow the carrying of concealed weapons. The once-toothless Second Amendment finally has real potency. Even after the Newtown massacre, Congress rejected new restrictions on firearms. Monday's Washington Navy Yard shooting is not likely to change that.

So you might expect gun-rights activists to feel a new appreciation for Congress and the federal courts. But no, writes Steve Chapman. The attitude of many is: We don't care about Congress and the federal courts, because they have no authority over us. Instead, they have embraced the doctrine of nullification. Chapman urges them to reconsider this misguided position.