Arizona Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Declaring Gun Shops ‘Essential,’ Protecting Them From Lawsuits
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1382 into law today ensuring that Second Amendment rights are protected from malicious lawsuits as well as during emergencies.
SB 1382 also declares weapon and ammo stores to be essential businesses. This prevents anti-gun politicians and administrators from unfairly targeting them and shutting them down in times of emergency.
“With efforts currently underway in Washington to erode Second Amendment rights, I signed #SB1382 today to protect those rights in Arizona. 1,” Gov. Ducey wrote to Twitter.
“While federal law currently has this protection, as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), President Biden has promised to repeal the PLCAA as a main part of his assault on the Second Amendment,” a report from the NRA.
“Prior to Congress passing PLCAA in 2005, 34 states passed similar laws on their own. With his signature, Gov. Ducey adds an additional layer of protection to prevent anti-gun extremists from attempting to bankrupt law-abiding businesses by suing them for the third party, criminal misuse of their legal products,” the outlet also found.
Ducey has already announced that locations where weapons and ammunition are sold are necessary and excluded from any COVID-19 closing provisions in his 2020 declaration of pandemic emergency.
“In Arizona, we’re safeguarding manufacturers, sellers and trade associations. Bad actors need to be held accountable, and we will work to make sure they are,” Gov. Ducey wrote in a second post.
“But we’re not going to allow lawsuit after lawsuit to slowly tear down the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in our state. SB 1382 achieves this goal, and I’m grateful to Rep. @QuangNguyenAZ and Sen.@WendyRogersAZ for leading on this important legislation,” the Arizona governor concluded in his post.
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