Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law two bills March 5 that assert Arizona’s freedom from federal regulation when it comes to firearms. The press release that came quickly after her signature made sure to reiterate the governor’s desire to buck the federal government and strengthen state rights.
According to one of the laws, Arizonans will no longer have to worry about federal regulations or about registering their firearms as long as it was manufactured in Arizona. The other prohibits any city or municipality from making any laws that would differ from those of the state.
H2307, which makes locally manufactured firearms exempt from regulation and registration, specifies that the anything-goes firearms policy does not apply to fully automatic weapons, firearms that require two people to move or operate or firearms with a bore diameter of more than 1 1/2 inches.
The bill also includes an interpretation of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.
“Politicians in Washington should not attempt to get between Arizonans and their constitutional rights,” Brewer said of H2307.
The other new law also sends a “hands off” message, except not to the federal government, but to the cities and counties of Arizona.
H2543 states that Arizona’s gun laws cannot be limited by any political sub-division of the state and nullifies any such ordinances or rules that already exist.