by Max Brantley
Today was the day in House Judiciary for Bullet Bob Ballinger's bill to assert state supremacy on various matters related to firearms. His bill would prohibit enforcement of federal law on weapons manufactured in Arkansas. It would prohibit state officials from enforcing new federal gun laws, such as those related to semi-automatic rifles or large ammo magazines. It would provide that a public defender represent anyone prosecuted by the feds.
What can you say? The road is littered with failing attempts by states to nullify federal supremacy. The ghosts of Faubus and Wallace roam these marble halls.
Surprise. The bill failed in committee on a roll call vote, 6-5, with 11 votes needed for approval.