Arizona Legislator Utilizing New ‘Sovereign State’ Law To Outlaw Federal Gun Laws


What part of “well-regulated” don’t they understand?

The Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee heard a bill on Tuesday that would essentially outlaw federal gun laws in the state of Arizona. The vote passed 4-2 on Tuesday, which means the bill will now go before the Ariz. Senate and then later the Ariz. Governor, Doug Ducey, who is an avid gun rights supporter.

State Sen. Kelli Ward (R- Lake Havasu City) who authored the bill, said:

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The intent of the law is to allow Arizona to function under Arizona’s own power and not allow any current or future federal laws that go into effect [that undermine] the Second Amendment to affect people who live in Arizona.

In the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections, not only was it a victorious night for the GOP after they took control of the U.S. Senate and won a few more seats in Congress, but Arizona quietly passed a questionable ballot measure that would essentially give Arizona the right to stray from federal laws with a watered down sovereign state measure.

Proposition 122, essentially gave the Saguaro state the right to exercise sovereign authority against federal laws that “go against” the U.S. Constitution, and apparently the Tea Party of Arizona gets to decide what is or isn’t Constitutional.

The ballot measure won by a very small margin, and although there is no way this law could actually give Arizona the kind of power the voters think it does, it will cause a legal nightmare for courts when the red state tries to invoke the new powers they granted to themselves.

Now we see Arizona legislators are going to put the law to the test by trying to outlaw current and future federal gun regulations with S.B. 1330. Undoubtedly, legislators will make the case that certain gun laws go against the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which by the new Arizona law, gives legislators the right to ignore the federal government.

The purpose of the bill:

Invalidates in Arizona federal law that violates the Second Amendment. Outlines penalties for political subdivisions, employees and certain corporations that enforce federal laws or regulations relating to personal firearms, accessories or ammunition.

Will it work? Probably not, but it will bungle up the court system if Arizona tries to pass the law, because states cannot grant themselves power over the federal government. A conflict with the federal government further reinforces the idea in RWNJs’ heads that the federal government is overreaching it’s bounds, when it’s quite the opposite — states like Arizona have no right to deny federal laws, or pass laws that are in contradiction to the federal government — but logic and reasoning are basically lost on this crowd.

Now those who are in favor of gun regulation in this state are left wondering what new laws this legislation will dream up for guns, how this will impact gun crime, and what former Rep. Gabby Giffords thinks about this nonsense.

H/T: AZ Central | Photo: Legal Career Path

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