PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that aims to prohibit police and sheriffs from enforcing federal gun laws that violate the Second Amendment.
Backers say it would ensure that the rights of gun owners are protected from what they say is the potential for overreach by President Joe Biden’s administration.
Critics say it will undermine the rule of law and discourage law enforcement officers from enforcing federal gun laws to protect the public. They also say it’s an unconstitutional measure that will cost taxpayers to defend in court.
Gun control advocates from Everytown for Gun Safety delivered petitions earlier Tuesday urging Ducey to reject the legislation, HB2111.
Moms Demand Action collected 2,485 signatures that they delivered to Ducey’s office Monday morning in the hopes that it will persuade the governor to veto House Bill 2111.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci, R-Lake Havasu, makes it illegal for local governments, the state and employees to enforce or cooperate with any federal law, act, treaty, rule or regulation that is “inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms.”
Since Biden has been elected, gun sales have skyrocketed over fears of forthcoming gun control legislation, a trend that has been happening in Arizona as well as nationally.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone told KTAR that the bill is confusing and would put law enforcement in an awkward position.
“I think … there’s political motivation. It’s one of those emotional issues, but as far as the impact on law enforcement, it will create confusion or challenges more than benefits or protecting the Second Amendment,” Penzone told the radio station.
“The people who wrote it really didn’t sit down and have a thoughtful conversation as to the application.”