State Senate approves blocking U.S. gun laws

State Senate approves blocking U.S. gun laws

Under Sen. Gary Stubblefield’s bill, law enforcement agencies in the state would be subject to criminal penalties and fines for cooperating with federal authorities to enforce gun regulations or any other federal law that “infringes” on rights under the Arkansas Constitution. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Staci Vandagriff) Legislation that would block local law enforcement officials from enforcing certain federal gun laws and regulations handily won the approval of the Arkansas Senate on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate voted 28-7 to approve Senate Bill 298 by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, sending the measure to the House for further consideration. Twenty-seven Republicans and Democratic Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville voted for the bill. Six Democrats and Sen. Jim Hendren, an independent from Sulphur Springs, voted against it. If enacted, the bill would be called the "Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021." SB298, in a section labeled "firearm rights," states: "All acts, law, orders, rules, and regulations of the United States Government, whether past, present, or future, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Arkansas Constitution, Article 2, [Section] 5, are invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state." It would prohibit any law enforcement agencies in the state from cooperating with federal authorities to enforce federal gun law, executive order or federal agency directive that conflicts with […]

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