An Arizona Republican responsible for signing bills passed by the state Legislature will not require constituents to comply with new national gun laws.
Gov. Doug Ducey refuses to violate the U.S. Constitution, even if it means relieving state police of their obligation to enforce federal firearm laws that allegedly deny Arizonans their Second Amendment right.
Ducey recently enacted the 2nd Amendment Firearm Freedom Act, which declares the Grand Canyon State a sovereign authority that upholds the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
“Pursuant to the sovereign authority of this state and article II, seven section three, Constitution of Arizona: an Act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States is null, void, and unenforceable in this state,” the bill wording said.
The governor is also banning state police and sheriffs from cooperating with federal authorities that intend to confiscate weapons, financially penalize, or even detain Arizonans because they own certain firearms.
“This state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any Act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the U.S. Government that violates Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States,” the bill said.
A variety of GOP state lawmakers introduced the legislation, including Sen. Sonny Borrelli and representatives Leo Biasiucci, Walter Blackman, Frank Carroll, Joseph Chaplik, Regina Cobb, Tim Dunn, Mark Finchem, Jake Hoffman, John Kavanagh, Quang Nguyen, Jacqueline Parker, Kevin Payne, Beverly Pingerelli, Bret Roberts, Ben Toma, and Justin Wilmeth.
Everytown for Gun Safety, which has links to former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, criticized Ducey for nullifying what it called “federal gun safety laws.”
The group’s Arizona chapter called Moms Demand Action claimed the laws should have banned Arizonans with “dangerous” histories from owning firearms, and now fears the 2nd Amendment Firearm Freedom Act will only encourage “extremists” to defy federal gun laws and other regulations that prevent domestic abusers from owning firearms.
“Our state became a little less safe,” volunteer Sophia Ramirez said in a statement. “It is disappointing that our lawmakers and governor continue to take Arizona backwards and ignore the will of constituents who want stronger gun safety laws–especially a law to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.”
Ramirez described voiding federal law as unconstitutional and fears state law enforcement officers will be unable to protect local communities from gun violence.