Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Protect Gun Rights

By Bridget Dowd
Published: Monday, January 1, 2018 - 7:27am
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A Prescott lawmaker is proposing changes in state law designed to protect the right of Arizonans to keep their weapons, no matter what a future Congress decides.

The proposed legislation spells out the kinds of weapons the state believes are necessary for those who are members of the state militia.

Attorney Michael Taylor, the lawyer who crafted this legislation for Republican Rep. David Stringer, said the proposed bill still won’t let Arizonans keep their “bump stocks” if the federal government declares them illegal.

Taylor said the proposed legislation is designed to conform to a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have upheld gun rights.

"We're providing the Supreme Court with the requested judicial notice as to what firearms we believe are particularly suited to contribute to the efficiency of our well-regulated militia," Taylor said.

Prior rulings from the nation’s highest court have been based on the affected states not defining the necessary weapons for militias. House Bill 2057 seeks to do just that.