Arizona Gov Signs Bill to Block Any New Federal Gun Control Laws
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey takes action to protect Second Amendment rights
The Republican governor of Arizona has signed a bill that blocks any new federal gun-control laws from being enforced in the state.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Tuesday.
The legislation bans local governments and employees from enforcing or aiding any infringement on citizens' Second Amendment rights that was imposed by the federal government.
The Arizona House and Senate passed House Bill 2111 in an attempt to preempt any new regulation of guns by Joe Biden's administration.
"The state of Arizona and its political subdivisions are prohibited from utilizing any financial resources or state personnel to administer, cooperate with or enforce any law, act, order, rule, treaty or regulation of the federal government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms," read the text of the legislation reads.
In the wake of several mass killings since he assumed office, Biden has promised to seek a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Critics of the bill included Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone who said there was a "political motivation" behind it, according to The Blaze.
"It's one of those emotional issues but as far as the impact on law enforcement, it will create confusion or challenges more than benefits or protecting the Second Amendment," Penzone said to KTAR radio on Thursday.
Others say that the law will lead to litigation that will have to be paid with taxpayer money.
Moms Demand Action, a gun-control advocacy group, gathered over 2,400 signatures opposing the bill.
The petition was presented to Ducey's office hours before he signed it into law.
Democratic Arizona state Sen. Lisa Otondo assured gun owners that their rights were safe.
"Nobody is trying to take away your guns, not for the protection of your family, your property, nor your Second Amendment right to own them," Otondo said.
Despite those assurances, gun sales have skyrocketed first over fears of instability from the pandemic lockdowns and later when Joe Biden was elected.