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Oklahoma Liberty Conference 2009

Some home-turf reporting here.

News 9 reports on the Oklahoma Liberty Conference, interviewing attendees and speaking to a political science professor about the movement.

NewsOK also covered the conference.  A couple of cuts from their story:

“Somehow in this country, we’ve come to believe that the federal government has a legal right to do just about anything that it wants to do,” said Rep. Charles Key, who spoke at the conference. “But the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and it either means what it says or it doesn’t mean anything at all. What it says is that no person is above the supreme law of the land, no person or institution – not the Congress, not the president, not the Supreme Court. They all must follow the law and if they don’t then we’ve got a problem and that’s what we’re faced with in this country today.”

The main attraction at the conference was Richard Mack, a former Arizona sheriff who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Brady Bill. He was the first sheriff to file a lawsuit in 1994 against the federal government, claiming it could not order county sheriffs to enforce the measure. The Brady Bill requires a five-day waiting period before handgun purchases by an individual as well as a background check on potential handgun buyers.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision based on the 10th Amendment, ruled in favor of the sheriffs.

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