2 gun bills on ignoring U.S. laws get House OK

2 gun bills on ignoring U.S. laws get House OK

Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro, motions to speak in favor of SB-24, the "Stand Your Ground bill" as bill sponsor Rep. Aaron Pilkington (top), R-Knoxville, listens during the House session on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, at the State Capitol in Little Rock. .More photos at www.arkansasonline.com/0225stand/.(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe) A pair of bills that would direct law enforcement officers in Arkansas to ignore the enforcement of federal gun laws was sent by the House on Thursday to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has expressed skepticism about the measures. The Republican governor did not say Thursday whether he would sign or veto the bills, and a spokeswoman said he was still completing his review of them. In an earlier statement, Hutchinson said "my first impression is that law enforcement will have significant constitutional concerns on those bills." One of the bills, Senate Bill 298, would prohibit the Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement authorities from working with federal authorities to enforce federal gun laws that "infringe" on the Second Amendment. The bill singles out two federal laws — the National Firearms Act, which regulates machine guns and sawed-off shotguns, and the Gun Control Act of 1968, which regulates the interstate sales of firearms — as "null and void." However, the measure doesn’t specify who would have the authority to declare other federal laws unenforceable. (A similar measure, House Bill 1386, would apply only to federal laws enacted after Jan. 1 of this year. The House voted to send the bill to the […]

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