Arizona Bill Would Slow Fed Gun Overreach

Texas Law Shield is monitoring — and supports — state campaigns such as the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Arizona.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward and eight other sponsors introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State recently. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”

“We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the State of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”

The Tenth Amendment Center asserts, that the legislation rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. That means the federal government cannot “commandeer” or coerce states into implementing or enforcing federal acts or regulations — constitutional or not.

The anti-commandeering doctrine rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842 (Prigg v. Pennsylvania). A 1997 case, Printz v. United States, serves as the modern cornerstone. Interestingly, Printz was a gun-rights case.

But once a state finally passes a law like this and it’s challenged in court, then we’ll see how effective the state-level resistance strategy really is.

Can the states really fend off the federal government on gun laws?  What do you think? Let us hear your opinion in the comments section below.

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