Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed a gun law aimed at protecting state firearms owners from impending federal gun control policies.
Ducey signed the Second Amendment Freedom Act on Tuesday, two days before President Joe Biden announced a package of executive orders on gun control, ordering the Justice Department to propose a rule to prevent the sales of so-called “ghost guns,” – makeshift guns without serial numbers – to propose “red flag” policies and come up with suggestions for a plan for “community violence intervention,” among other directives.
“That was a proactive law for what is possible to come out of the Biden administration,” Ducey said of his Second Amendment Freedom Act.
Republican state Rep. Leo Biasiucci sponsored the bill and said that “If the federal government does anything that tries to infringe on our Second Amendment in the state of Arizona, we’re not going to comply,” per FOX 10 Phoenix.
Biasiucci said he was elected to “protect our Constitution,” adding that the Biden administration wanted to “ban AR-15s, high-capacity magazines, and we don’t think that’s right. Our Arizona gun laws are strong and we believe that law-abiding gun owners have the right to bear arms.”
— Rep. Leo Biasiucci (@Leo4AzHouse) April 7, 2021
Announcing the executive order Thursday, Biden said they will not infringe on Second Amendment rights, but later added that “no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”
“Today we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis,” Biden said from the White House Thursday.
“Nothing, nothing I am about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” the president said, calling arguments suggesting that those constitutional rights are at stake “phony.”
“No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” he said. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater — recall a freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.”
Gun control activists from March for Our Lives said they are “opposed” to the law “because it takes any option off the table.”
“It makes it so that any laws that are passed by the federal government about gun safety are not enforceable in Arizona. It eliminates any conversation around it and makes it a more dangerous place in Arizona,” the group said, according to Fox News.
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