Remember how Representative Aaron Aylward (R-6/Harrisburg), Senator Jessica Castleberry (R-35/Rapid City), and other Republicans get all lathered up with unconstitutional proposals to nullify federal laws last Session? Well, they still want to leave the Union.
Rep. Aylward and Sen. Castleberry are sponsoring House Bill 1052, which would prohibit state officials, agencies, and employees from helping any federal agency or official enforce any federal gun laws, regulations, or executive orders. Any South Dakota state employee who dares help Uncle Sam enforce the law of the land would face a $1,000 civil penalty for the first violation of HB 1052 and Class 1 misdemeanor charges for each subsequent violation.
Aaron, Jessica, if you don’t want to be part of America, just say so. Propose articles of secession and make your case. Or just move to Mexico.
House Bill 1052 could be problematic for law enforcement funding. The federal government ties incentives and penalties to states’ submission of data to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. If states fail to share enough records, the feds can withhold grant funds that support local law enforcement initiatives. If enacted, House Bill 1052 would restrict state employees from providing NICS data and cause South Dakota to lose federal grants for local cops.
House Bill 1052 would thus defund the police.
Aaron, Jessica, why don’t you just say that?