Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signs bill to preempt federal gun laws
PHOENIX – On Thursday, President Biden is expected to announce a series of executive measures against gun violence. Regardless of the actions, there is a very good chance they will be ignored in Arizona.
The group Moms Demand Action gathered in front of the Executive Tower on Tuesday. They had hoped to persuade the governor to veto HB 2111. In his nine-story office, Governor Ducey signed the bill.
“We know there’s nothing stupid about us that would make us less secure, and that’s exactly what this law will ultimately do,” said Steffanie Richardson of Moms Demand Action. “So we tried to prevent that from happening. We wanted the governor to recognize this and veto it. Unfortunately, he signed the law. “
HB 2111 is a preemptive strike by Arizona legislation to block any type of federal gun reform that its supporters say jeopardizes the second amendment. During a committee hearing in February, law sponsor Leo Biasiucci of Lake Havasu City said, “We in Arizona do not want the federal government to violate our second right of amendment, whether it is a ban on background checks or one Prohibition of AR15 is acting on the state to decide. “
Pressure on President Biden to crack down on gun violence increased after mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado last month. 18 people were killed.
The New York Times reports that the president is considering classifying ghost rifles as firearms. He’s also looking for ways to step up background checks.
On KTAR’s morning newscast, the governor said he was signing the bill for such reasons.
“I think whenever there are these mass shootings we start talking about laws that just wouldn’t solve the problem,” Ducey said. “There is a lot of debate in Washington about Congressional action related to the second amendment, and that bill was just to protect the rights we already enjoy in Arizona.”
Gun safety advocates believe HB 2111 is unconstitutional and will be overturned in court.
“I really wonder what this bill is for not just performative and political theater,” said Richardson.
Others compare it to Arizona’s legalization of recreational marijuana. Possession is still a federal crime, but that hasn’t stopped voters from ignoring the law.