The right to bear arms just got a major boost in one western state … and liberal gun-grabbing bureaucrats are not happy about it.
A state Senate committee in Arizona recently cleared a new bill that would block federal gun control within state borders and essentially make unconstitutional gun control laws impossible to enforce.
Senate Bill 1330 was introduced by state Sen. Kelli Ward. If the proposed plan becomes a law, Arizona state agencies and employees would be banned from enforcing any new “federal act, law, order, rule or regulation” that restricts a citizen’s right to own firearms.
The bill applies to guns as well as gun accessories and ammunition within Arizona’s borders.
For example, even if liberals in Washington, D.C., passed a law that made ten round magazines illegal, state officials would be barred from enforcing it inside Arizona. If the feds want it enforced, they’s have to do it themselves.
Constitutional expert Judge Andrew Napolitano recently commented on the plan, saying that any state refusing to cooperate with federal agents makes harsh gun control laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”
The U.S. Supreme Court seems to agree. A 1997 case called “Prince v. U.S.” supported the concept of state nullification.
“The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program,” stated Supreme Court Justice Scalia.
That’s good news for millions of responsible gun owners who are tired of having their Second Amendment rights threatened by Washington, but the bill is not yet a law.