The First Amendment isn’t the only part of the Constitution that the bill would ignore. In a throwback to the doctrine of “Nullification” that paved the way for the Civil War, HB 436 would nullify federal gun laws going back to 1934. (see https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/31740/nixon_veto_guns_070513).
Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster have pointed out to the Legislature that it is ignoring the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which says that federal law is the supreme law of the land. The Legislature also is ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Cooper v. Aaron in 1958. That decision emphatically told Arkansas that it could not nullify school desegregation in Little Rock, but instead was required to obey the Supreme Court’s desegregation order.