On Tuesday, the Second Amendment Protection Act won approval in the Arizona Senate and will progress to its final reading.
On February 7, Breitbart News reported that SB1330 was put forth by senator Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City). At that time, the Examiner quoted Ward saying: “We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the constitution long enough. We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”
According to ShallNot.org, SB1330 bars the state of Arizona, or an agent of the state, from enforcing “or even assisting in the enforcement of” any new “federal act, law, order, rule or regulation” regarding “a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition within Arizona.”
In promoting the bill, Sen. Ward said, “We have to remember as legislators, it’s our job to check unconstitutional federal laws that come into our state.”
On March 24, 2014, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) signed a similar bill nullifying the enforcement of any new federal gun control laws in his state. Alaska and Kansas also passed nullification laws, and nullification legislation has recently been put forth in Montana and Florida.
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