nullification

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Meanwhile, some supporters have been equally willing to embrace the nullification label--not only regarding the recent health and gun measures, but also regarding challenges to federal driver's license and drug laws--for the purpose of defending them as modern invocations of the doctrine of nullification embodied by Thomas Jefferson's Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.
The Crossings court dramatically likened the arguments of the property appraiser to secessionist doctrine of the pre-Civil War era, stating "that to allow a public official to refuse to obey a law would be 'the doctrine of nullification, pure and simple.
Post-Lincolnian historians have not been friendly to the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification, viewing it as a threat to the Union.