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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – State lawmakers have spent a lot of time and energy on gun rights in the state legislature this session.
This push for pro-gun legislation includes an effort by Senator Paul Sanford (R-Madison) that would allow Alabama law enforcement to ignore any federal gun laws that the state deemed unconstitutional.
But that kind of tactic faces a steep history of costly failure.
This is a story about gun rights. It’s a story about our state legislature.
But it doesn’t start in Montgomery; it start’s in South Carolina in the 1820’s.
Athens State University Professor of History Sean Busick specializes in this period. He’s studied it thoroughly, and he recalls what the annals of history have dutifully recorded, a story about an unpopular tariff – a tax – that the people of South Carolina felt punished them and rewarded the states of the northeast.
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