Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill protecting state gun laws from federal legislation
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a gun rights law Tuesday to stop local law enforcement from enforcing any federal gun control laws that are passed.
The “Second Amendment Freedom Act” was signed by Ducey days before President Joe Biden signed a set of executive orders on gun control. This makes Arizona the fifth state to enact a law saying local police may not help the federal government enforce any federal authority that may interfere on the state’s constitutional protection to bear arms.
Alaska, Idaho, Kansas and Wyoming all enacted similar legislation during President Obama’s administration.
Supporters say the bill will protect gun owners from possible overreach by President Biden’s administration.
Critics say the law will discourage police from enforcing gun laws and is an unconstitutional measure that will cost taxpayers to defend in court.
“At this time, that law has not changed anything,” Ducey told KTAR-FM radio in Glendale, Ariz., on Wednesday. “That was a proactive law for what is possible to come out of the Biden administration.”
“There’s a lot of discussion out of Washington, D. C., about congressional action around the Second Amendment, and this law was simply to protect the rights that we already enjoy in Arizona,” Ducey added.
Biden has been under pressure from congressional Democrats to ban “AK-47 style concealable weapons” under the National Firearms Act.
“The concealability and ability to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor make these firearms especially dangerous on our streets and for law enforcement personnel,” they wrote. “We thank you for your commitment to preventing gun violence and urge you to immediately promulgate regulations to cover these concealable assault firearms under the National Firearms Act.”
The Second Amendment Freedom Act was sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci.
“Arizona stands with law abiding gun owners,” Biasiucci told reporters on Wednesday. “The Second Amendment guarantees vital liberties, just like the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and the Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable searches and seizures.”
Biasiucci said the bill sends the message to “zealous gun-grabbers in Washington” that his state won’t allow them to disarm law-abiding citizens.
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