Originally Posted by petegz28
You couldn't be any more wrong. I believe those instances involved votes and what not. Not a decision by 1 individual. Nice try though.
Errr...no, he's precisely correct.
In our system of government, there is absolutely no requirement that states utilize their police powers to enforce federal laws. That's as true for federal gun control legislation as it is for gay marriage laws or sodomy laws or whatever.
All that said, I'm not really very keen on the POTUS and AG unilaterally deciding not to enforce legally enacted federal laws. The proper procedure is to rescind those laws. All that said, I don't really know what the history is around "Presidential nullification" if you will, of laws by failing to enforce them.