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Legoland Muslim Day – Arizona Nulliifes Federal Gun Laws

Legoland Muslim Day – Arizona Nulliifes Federal Gun Laws

Haitham Al-Haddad said his group privately hired the theme park for a day of “halal food and no alcohol”.
But the event was cancelled and the resort had to temporarily close its hotel after receiving threats from right-wing groups.
The English Defence League (EDL) had called Mr Al-Haddad “a hate preacher”.
‘Everyone was welcome’
Mr Al-Haddad chairs the Muslim Research and Development foundation (MRDF), which had planned the family day at the theme park for 9 March while the resort was still closed to the public.

The imam and scholar has been described by some media outlets as an “extremist preacher” – something he strongly denies.
We welcomed everyone to enjoy our halal day of fun and to experience how we as Muslims live”
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Haitham Al-HaddadImam
The EDL criticised the resort for allowing the theme park to be hired for the event.
Posts on the group’s Facebook page suggested it would hold a demonstration at Legoland on the day.
Mr Al-Haddad told the BBC Asian Network that the Muslim community had been “victimized because of extreme Islam phobic attitudes by some in the UK”.


Arizona senate panel approves bill to virtually nullify all federal gun laws
Today, an Arizona state senate committee approved a bill that would virtually nullify all federal gun acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations. The vote was 6-3.

Along with twelve sponsors and co-sponsors, Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”

“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”

Last year, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the subject as well, suggesting that a single state refusing to enforce federal gun laws would make them “nearly impossible to enforce.”

After initial backing from the Tenth Amendment Center, SB1294 garnered support from the well-respected Arizona Citizens Defense League, along with national organizations such as Gun Owners of America and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA).

“We are in league with this legislation, and we encourage every state to enact similar laws,” said Sheriff Richard Mack, founder of CSPOA and a lead plaintiff of the 1997 Printz case which provides the legal basis for the bill.

SB1294 rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot “commandeer” or coerce states into implementing or enforcing federal acts or regulations – constitutional or not.

The anti-commandeering doctrine is backed by four major Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. The 1997 case, Printz v. US, serves as the modern cornerstone. In that case, that majority wrote,

“We held in New York that Congress cannot compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. Today we hold that Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the States’ officers directly. The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policy making is involved, and no case by case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”

No one came to testify in opposition to the bill, and Arizona Tenth Amendment Center coordinator Adam Henriksen is hopeful that the National Rifle Association will get behind SB1294 as well.

“The Arizona representative of the NRA told us that they support the intent of the legislation, and we are very happy to hear that,” said Henriksen. “He said they were concerned about potential unintended consequences and might suggest some minor changes. While we don’t have the same concerns because we believe there is no such a thing as a ‘good’ federal gun law, we are absolutely committed to working with our friends in the NRA to find common ground, and ensure that we can get SB1294 passed as law.”

SB1294 now moves on to the Arizona Senate Rules Committee, where it will need to pass by a majority vote before consideration by the full state senate.

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