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Proposed state law could make national gun law unenforceable


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As the debate over gun control continues on a national level, a movement in the state legislature could add a new element to the discussion.

A local representative has authored a bill that would make any federal law regarding gun control unenforceable in Minnesota.

Mazeppa Republican Steve Drazkowski authored H.F. 419, making Minnesota one of 17 states challenging the enforceability of the proposed gun control legislation.

If Drazkowski has his way, any national law regarding gun control would be null and void in Minnesota. That has one family in Rochester very happy.

"I think that every time there is a shooting or some horrible incident in the news, it's used as political fodder," said Tiffany Rico of Rochester. "And people jump on board and say 'See? We need to limit this and restrict this.'"

Tiffany is a wife and mother who has no personal stake in the gun control debate. Her main focus is the rights of the state, something she says people often overlook.

"Regardless of what you think of gun control, the idea that the 10th Amendment is often overlooked when the federal government makes overreaching laws for the whole land when states are guaranteed the rights to make those decisions for themselves in the 10th Amendment," Rico said.

If Drazkowski's bill is passed, Tiffany would take that as a sign that Minnesota is taking some power back.

"When we talk about protecting people and their lives, as a woman and a mother, I think it's important to not hand over everything to the government and say 'please take care of us,'" Rico said.

She wants the federal government to back down, so they can take care of themselves.

Any agent who would try to enforce the federal laws would face a felony charge and up to five years in prison if H.F. 419 is passed.

It is not known when it will receive full debate in the House.

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