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Singleton bill ill-advised

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 26, 2021 - 10:52 AM

The Times-Herald writes that Georgia state representative Philip Singleton plans to introduce a bill to the Georgia legislature to "prohibit the federal government from enacting policies or taxes that would infringe on an individual's right to keep and bear arms."

Rep. Singleton doesn't seem to understand that, absent an allowance in particular federal law, no legislation below the federal level can control such a law. A state is able to pass a law that affects how the state and local governments deal with federal law, but for a state law to "invalidate" federal law isn't possible.

The only effect his action will have is to waste the time of our state legislature. The people of his district deserve a representative who understands how laws work.

If he wants to make a statement, a resolution or a law directed at state and local governments would be a better way to go.

Bill Boyd