Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed a law last Friday to protect the Second Amendment for his state’s gun owners.
“Today, I proudly signed Rep. Hinkle’s law prohibiting federal overreach into our Second Amendment-protected rights, including any federal ban on firearms,” the Republican governor tweeted. “I will always protect our #2A right to keep and bear arms.”
Gun-loving Americans rejoiced, including Republican state Rep. Jedediah Hinkle who tweeted, “Thank you Governor Gianforte for signing HB258 into law today and further protecting Montana gun owners. Additionally, thank you to Montana Shooting Sports Association for reaching out to me and giving me the opportunity to carry such important legislation for our 2nd amendment rights!”
The new law bans law enforcement and state employees from enforcing federal gun controls in Montana. The law also bans the use of state money to enforce bans against specific guns, ammunition or firearm accessories.
Gianforte is not alone in his work to prevent Biden’s gun controls from interfering in his state. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) became the first to sign a similar law. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) is preparing to sign a version in his state as well.
Not all bills have received a warm welcome in the process. In Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) vetoed a similar Second Amendment law.
Conservative-led states have wisely chosen to seek preemptive measures in the current Biden Second Amendment war. Though his administration is only in the early stages of announcing what may be a sweeping list of gun controls, a growing number of conservatives have vowed to reject their acceptance or enforcement.
Much of the controversy involves a faulty link between cause and effect. When a mass shooting happens, it immediately becomes another reason to decry firearms and promote new restrictions. But the restrictions won’t stop those who are already breaking the law.
Instead, the gun controls make it more difficult for law-abiding American citizens to live out their Second Amendment rights. Unless Biden truly believes no amendment can go without changing, there’s not much you can legally do to stop citizens from obtaining a gun without “infringing” on their rights.
We’re not talking about rocket launchers and lasers, either. The sweeping list of proposed changes could include a wide variety of shotguns, basic handguns, and even firearm accessories. The Biden bait and switch could include more than 100 different guns and accessories under its claims that, “No one needs an AR-15.”
But Biden fails to recognize it’s not about whether an American needs one; it’s whether it’s legal to obtain one. The Second Amendment is not a suggestion; it’s a right. As long as conservative governors continue to stand up for their citizens, we’ll hopefully be able to continue to exercise all our rights as free Americans.