Arizona Firearms Freedom Bill Proposes Jail Time for Violations of the 2nd Amendment

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Arizona Representatives Steve Smith, Adam Kwasman, Carl Seel, David W. Stevens, Bob Thorpe have introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from regulating “a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of this state.”

HB 2291 would revise Arizona statutes by adding a section on firearms. The text of the bill simply states:

“A public servant or a federally licensed dealer who sells firearms in this state shall not enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of this state.”

Also,

“An official, agent or employee of the United States government shall not enforce or attempt to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government relating to a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of this state.”

Furthermore the bill states:

That any federal law or regulation effective on or after January 1, 2013 which attempts to do any of the following “is unenforceable within the borders of this state”.
1. Ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm.
2. Require any firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.

Plus, this bill has teeth; “A person who violates subsection B of this section is guilty of a class 6 felony.” So what is subsection B, well it applies to federal agents but they do not let state employees off the hook either and they go one step further:

“For the purposes of this section, “public servant” means any officer or employee of this state or any political subdivision of this state, including legislators and judges, and any person who participates, as juror, witness, advisor, consultant or otherwise, in performing a government function.”

HB 2291 has not been assigned to a Committee yet but should be soon.

LEGISLATION AND TRACKING

If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in Arizona, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know of your concern for the 2nd Amendment and that you expect support of this legislation. Click here for contact information.

If you live outside of Arizona, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.

Also, you may want to contact the sponsors of this bill and thank them:
Representatives Steve Smith, Adam Kwasman, Carl Seel, David W. Stevens, Bob Thorpe

Adam Henriksen [send him email] is the state chapter coordinator for the Arizona Tenth Amendment Center. Originally from Georgia, Adam has lived in Arizona for 15 years and has been with the Tenth Amendment Center since 2012.

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