Ducey Signs Bill Protecting State Gun Owners From Federal Legislation

Ducey Signs Bill Protecting State Gun Owners From Federal Legislation

This week, Governor Doug Ducey signed a gun rights law, sponsored by Rep. Leo Biasiucci, that designates Arizona as a 2nd Amendment sanctuary state. Biasiucci says he modeled the law on a California sanctuary state law crafted by Governor Jerry Brown’s administration in 2017.

Biasiucci’s bill, HB211, preemptively protects gun owners in the state from any federal gun control laws that are passed by the U.S. Congress.


“The state of Arizona and its political subdivisions are prohibited from utilizing any financial resources or state personnel to administer, cooperate with or enforce any law, act, order, rule, treaty or regulation of the federal government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms.”

Biasiucci believes the bill will hold up in “any court challenge like Brown’s sanctuary city bill has.”

The 2nd Amendment Freedom Act was signed a mere 48 hours before President Biden announced several executive actions, including asking the Justice Department to propose a rule to stop “ghost guns,” which are “kits” people can buy legally, then assemble to create a functioning firearm without a serial number.

Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, and Wyoming have passed similar measures.

In a recent radio interview, Ducey said, “The law is to protect the 2nd amendment, it’s a an enumerated right in our United States Constitution and it’s one that re-enforces that second amendment and your right to carry a weapon.

Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Act Heads To Governor’s Desk

Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Act Heads To Governor’s Desk

PHOENIX – House Bill 2111, dubbed the Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Act, is headed to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk. The Arizona Senate passed the bill in 17-13 bipartisan vote on Tuesday.

The Act, sponsored by Representative Leo Biasiucci (R-5), prohibits state, county, and local governments from using resources to implement or enforce federal actions that are inconsistent with Arizona law regarding the regulation of firearms.

The Arizona Constitution prohibits the impairment of the right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of the person’s self or the state. This does not authorize individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of people (Ariz. Const. art. 2 § 26).

“Arizona stands with law-abiding gun owners,” said Biasiucci in a press release. “The Second Amendment guarantees vital liberties, just like the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and the Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable searches and seizures. If the zealous gun-grabbers in Washington try to disarm citizens in the name of political posturing, we’re not going to allow it in Arizona.”

HB 2111 was passed by the House in a party line vote in February.