In fact, I had one neighbor attempt to turn his yard into a barnyard, rabbits, roosters, etc.. While I reside in a semi-rural setting, certain animals cannot be harbored in this village, the village has strict laws governing wildlife harboring, while the state doesn't have laws that say you cannot have roosters in your backyard, they leave those laws and regulations up to localized authority.
Last edited by AJiveMan; 04-21-14 at 05:51 AM.
you are correct, if there is no provision in state or federal law, then the local laws are in effect
however, if the local law is not in agreement with state law, then state law trumps local law
similarly, if the state and feds disagree, the federal laws trump state laws
and in the federal sector, the hierarchy places laws above regulations, and regulations above standard operating procedures
that is sometimes found necessary to know when it is realized that a regulation (or SOP) disagrees with the underlying law (or regulation)
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
What the BLM was doing was removing illegal cattle that were grazing public lands that the owner of said cattle had no right to do. The Bundy"s had publicly made anti-BLM and anti-American statements in the past where they implied that they would use force to keep their cattle on public grazing land.
What do you suppose would have happened had just a few BLM agents had shown up with the contracted crew to remove the cattle? I suspect that the Bundy's would have showed up with their guns and would have stopped the removal of the cattle at gun point. Oh wait the Bundy"s did show up and stop the removal of the cattle at gun point.
The Bundy"s never looked intimidated by the BLM they continued to act like dicks despite the amount of firepower during the standoff. I mean when the Bundy"s threatened a "range war" they confirmed the need of armed BLM agents needed on site during the removal of the illegal cattle.
I view this situation much like illegal immigration, people can make all the excuses that they want but the cattle are on public grazing land illegally. What part of ILLEGAL do people not understand? Cliven Bundy is a deadbeat either way and should be forced to pay his damn fines. Cliven made the decision to stop paying his grazing fees. He made his bed and is now laying in it.