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Washington Gun Activist Takes Important Step Against Unconstitutional Federal Gun Laws

Recently I wrote on that it might be necessary for some gun rights activists to take a very important but serious step and disobey federal laws that violate of our right to keep and bear arms, even if they risk arrest.

Last month, Washington gun rights activist Anthony Bosworth took that important step – the part about being arrested, that is. Too bad he didn’t have the pleasure of actually violating any federal law – just petty tyrants.

Bosworth, accompanied by his family, was participating in the “Our State, Our Rights” rally near Spokane’s federal courthouse in which he openly carried a semi-automatic rifle. A video recording of the protest by Maria Bosworth captures a confrontation by federal agents, who accuse Anthony Bosworth being in violation of federal gun laws under 18 U.S. C 930, which they insisted prohibited him from carrying a weapon on federal property.

Except a small problem. The word “property” is not found anywhere in the law. It only refers to “in” or “inside” a federal facility.

But that didn’t stop one of the American Stasi from arresting Bosworth and detaining him, albeit they eventually let him go with a citation after roughly three hours of interrogation.

According to an interview with Bosworth, a Homeland Security officer attempted to convince him to give up his political activism in exchange for having the citation dropped. This is after he was questioned by police and FBI about his future plans and political activity.

“He basically said….’if you be quiet for a year there is a good chance this will all go away. Just some friendly advice,'” Bosworth said.

One has to wonder why the feds are so eager to silence patriots like Bosworth and pressure him to cease all his political activities. Could it be that the unlawful behavior of federal law enforcement agencies in this incident only further emboldens gun owners? Could it be that, as with medical marijuana users and activists who have languished in prison, Bosworth’s arrest for violating an unjust law (that doesn’t even exist) inspires more people to resist unconstitutional federal authority in a likewise manner?

Let there be no misunderstanding about what happened in Spokane. Bosworth’s right to keep and bear arms were deliberately infringed upon by federal agents who either wittingly or unwittingly misquoted a federal law; a law which even if it did read as they claimed, would be unconstitutional.

In doing so, they violated the Constitution and the oath they, like all federal employees, are required to take.

It reads as follows:

I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

Unlike Washington state law enforcement officers, who have endeavored to avoid a confrontation with gun owners exercising their rights in defiance of unjust laws, the feds have made it clear they have no compunction about arresting innocent citizens for breaking laws that do not exist.

As for the reason why Bosworth was released when he was, Kit Lange at The Patrick Henry Society reveals that there were patriots who were not going to stand and watch his rights be trampled on and were prepared to rectify the situation, Battle of Athens-style.

It’s been reported that the Spokane County Sheriff was called and Bosworth was released on the basis of the sheriff’s intervention.  What you may not know is that the sheriff was told by certain parties, in no uncertain terms, that if he did not go to the federal building and get Bosworth released, that a large number of armed patriots were available to do it for him.  The sheriff dutifully marched into the building and did his job, and Bosworth did end up being released—although he’s still waiting for his firearms to be returned.

Bosworth’s federal captors should have been arrested by the Spokane County sheriff for violating his rights. Had this scene occurred in Kansas, that’s exactly what would have happened, where the Second Amendment Protection Act makes it a felony to attempt to enforce federal gun laws in the state.

That is why we at are working hard to get similar legislation passed in as many states as possible, so that when more patriots like Bosworth defy federal actions that violate their right to keep and bear arms, the only one to fear arrest will be federal officers audacious enough to enforce these unconstitutional laws.

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