Hendrik Hertzberg flags a Georgia state Senate resolution, which I also missed, that appears aimed at opening the door for secession.
In the case of “[f]urther infringements on the right to keep and bear arms,” says the resolution, “[A]ll powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government.”
This seems to be a bit of a trend: Oklahoma’s Legislature this week overrode Gov. Brad Henry’s veto to pass a “sovereignty” resolution, and similar moves are afoot in Georgia and South Carolina.
The Tenth Amendment Center (tagline: “the powers not delegated …”), which supports and tracks these move, lists bills introduced in 35 states, most a bit less blunt about dissolving the union than Georgia’s. They’ve passed at least one body of the legislature, according to that list, in 10 states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Tennessee, Missouri, Montana (where it eventually failed) and Alaska, where Gov. Sarah Palin will decide whether to sign.
The Alaska resolution, which is fairly standard, “serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers;
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