We should all realize the common attitudes and views of the various states’ residents and voters can differ, and this is becoming apparent as more states worry over the federal government’s attempts to place increasingly more restrictive laws on firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens. On the heels of the historic Supreme Court ruling last year that the Second Amendment meant U.S. citizens of sound mind and clean records had the right to own firearms, governments, both at state and federal levels, are attempting to creatively circumvent that ruling. But in doing so, they have seemingly opened a Pandora’s Box of challenges and opposite effects.
Recent polls say that a majority of Americans no longer believe that stricter gun laws actually accomplish anything to diminish crime. Daily newspapers across the country are polling readership and finding, in the words of editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, Frank Newport "every piece of data is showing us Americans are getting more conservative about gun control."
The State of Montana has now defied the federal government and their gun laws. This will no doubt prompt a showdown between the federal government and the State of Montana. The voters of that state feel that the federal government apparently fears its citizens owning guns since it tries to curtail what types of guns they can own and some feel the gun control and mandatory registration laws all have one common eventual goal – confiscation of all privately owned firearms. Additionally, now the states of Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are considering passing the same Tenth Amendment firearms law as Montana has enacted.