(USA Features) Montana has become the second state to pass a so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary” law that aims to protect the firearms ownership rights of residents amid speculation the Biden administration and the Democrat-held Congress will implement new gun restrictions.
GOP Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the legislation on Friday which bans enforcement of federal prohibitions on guns, magazines, and ammunition. The law is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2021, before President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20.
Similar legislation was vetoed by former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Following the 2020 election, however, Republicans managed to gain control of all statewide officers while holding onto their majorities in the state House and Senate.
The legislation comes after Biden has pledged significant new gun control legislation to potentially including bans on certain military-looking rifles and high-capacity magazines, which has promoted a spate of ‘sanctuary’ legislation from mostly GOP-dominated states and localities.
Earlier this month, Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, signed similar legislation prohibiting law enforcement officials in his state from enforcing federal gun statutes at odds with state law and the state’s Constitution. The Utah Senate has approved a nearly identical statute and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, ha said that firearm sanctuary legislation is also coming soon to his state, the Washington Examiner reported.
“This is what I’m seeking for Texas — a law to defy any new federal gun control laws. It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” Abbott wrote in response to Ducey signing the Arizona legislation.
This is what I’m seeking for Texas—a law to defy any new federal gun control laws.
It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.
Legislation is moving in the Texas House and Senate.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 8, 2021
After Democrats took control of the legislature in 2019, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bevy of new gun control laws, prompting several counties and jurisdictions in his state to pass sanctuary legislation.
Counties and localities in other Democrat- and Republican-controlled states have enacted similar measures in recent years.