Monday, April 5, 2010

AZ: Firearms Freedom Act Signed into Law

HB 2307, Arizona's version of the Firearms Freedom Act was signed into law today by Governor Brewer. This is good news for Arizonans, as we join 5 other States who have already passed similar bills, and roughly two dozen other States who are currently considering them. It's a great way for Arizona to tell the Feds that they need to stay within the bounds of the US Constitution and leave our State alone. The Federal Government has gone way beyond the original intent of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and has been treading we the People under their muddy boots. It is time for us to bring a well overdue end to their arrogance.


HB 2543, State Firearms Preemption, was also signed into law by Governor Brewer.

An excerpt of the new Arizona State Firearms Preemption law is below:
"A. Except as provided in subsection D of this section, a political subdivision of this state shall not enact any ordinance, rule or tax relating to the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, transfer, PURCHASE, ACQUISITION, GIFT, DEVISE, STORAGE, LICENSING, REGISTRATION, DISCHARGE or use of firearms or ammunition or any firearm or ammunition components OR RELATED ACCESSORIES in this state."

8 comments:

Crystal said...

What does this mean, exactly?

Dustin said...

Crystal: Thanks for asking. Essentially Arizona has joined a group of a growing number of States that are telling the Federal Government that they have no authority to regulate, register, or ban guns manufactured in Arizona for sale only in Arizona under the "commerce clause" that grants the federal government authority to ensure people are able to buy & sell things across State lines without encountering issues such as tariff's as you cross State borders. Over the years, our Federal Government has "twisted" the commerce clause to say that it allows them to regulate and even ban anything that crosses state lines in commerce, such as Firearms, which is 100% wrong.

Here is an excerpt from the Firearms Freedom Act "BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2010, A PERSONAL FIREARM, A FIREARM ACCESSORY OR AMMUNITION THAT IS MANUFACTURED COMMERCIALLY OR PRIVATELY IN THIS STATE AND THAT REMAINS WITHIN THE BORDERS OF THIS STATE IS NOT SUBJECT TO FEDERAL LAW OR FEDERAL REGULATION, INCLUDING REGISTRATION, UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS TO REGULATE INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND IS NOT CONSIDERED TO HAVE TRAVELED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE."

Jdude said...

Are you aware of any manufacturers who intend to start production when the law takes effect?

Dustin said...

I am not aware of any manufacturers who have already announced that they plan to take advantage of the new law, but it was just signed yesterday, and I would not be surprised to see most of them wait to see how the existing lawsuit turns out first: FFA Lawsuit

Matt said...

Time for me to move back home.

Dustin said...

Yes it is, we'd love to have you move back. :)

jason said...

So does this allow for automatic weapons to be purchased if they are made in Arizona?

Dustin said...

Jason: No, this version is actually just to establish states rights and reverse the problem of the Federal Government misinterpreting the commerce clause. The folks behind the Firearms Freedom act didn't want the worry of automatic weapons to cloud the judgement of the judges. I'd venture to guess that the automatic weapons would be step 2 if we get past this initial step in the Supreme Court.