GOP Lawmaker In Arizona Wants To Nullify Federal Gun Laws

Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) has sponsored a bill to nullify federal gun laws that the state deems are “in violation of the Second Amendment.”

The Arizona Senate’s Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee was scheduled to hear the bill on Tuesday morning, The Arizona Republic reported.

Ward’s bill would declare invalid and void all federal laws “that violate the Second Amendment’s true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers of the United States Constitution,” according to the paper.

The legislation would nullify any federal firearms law “that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state,” the Republic reported.

Neither Ward nor the spokesperson for the Arizona Senate GOP caucus responded to TPM’s request for comment on Tuesday.

The concept of a state nullifying federal laws has seen a renaissance among small-government and libertarian groups such as the Tenth Amendment Center, a California-based think tank that advocates states rights on issues like on pot legalization, health care and gun control.

Ward has made news in the past. She was a vocal supporter of anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, traveling to the Bundy ranch with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R) last year.

She also organized a public hearing about constituents’ concerns over “chemtrails,” a debunked conspiracy theory says that the vapors trailing airplanes are actually toxic chemicals dumped on unsuspecting Americans.

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