As grassroots activists who believe that the federal government should not be regulating things that were not specified in the U.S. Constitution, we should not be advocating for federal rules to direct the actions of states. In some cases, however, states that adopt rules that are in conflict with Constitutional principles or with provisions of legally adopted Amendments, require direction to reduce the potential for legal conflict between states and the flagrant violation of Constitutional rights. We must recognize that interaction among citizens of several states might otherwise be hazardous if not for the “regulation” of the federal system. (In the Constitutional meaning, “regulation” means – to make regular!)
Last week, Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, was arrested at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on a gun charge! He currently faces 15 years in prison. Yet, he had in his possession a concealed-carry permit (and the weapon may actually have been in the possession of a “common carrier”).
He has been released following his arraignment, charged with a felony, with a court date set for January 12th in New York City.
Many pro-gun activists have said that he was possibly “singled out” by the Obama administration because of his being who he is.