When communities declare themselves “sanctuaries” – places that give special protection to gun owners or the unborn – they often claim that federal laws or court rulings don’t hold power within their city or state limits. They’re usually making a political statement, more than a legal one, writes constitutional scholar John E. Finn at Wesleyan University.

Finn explains how the “sanctuary cities” movement is challenging the legitimacy and role of the federal government in the lives of Americans.

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The Waskom City Council passed a sanctuary city ordinance in June 2019. Screenshot, NBC6 Studio

Sanctuaries protecting gun rights and the unborn challenge the legitimacy and role of federal law

John E. Finn, Wesleyan University

Sanctuaries that protect everything from gun rights to the unborn are popping up across the country. They challenge federal law and the shared understanding of its power and role in the US.

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