When President Barack Obama announced his executive action on guns that would increase enforcement on existing laws, improve background checks and close certain buying loopholes, several red states began to fight back. On Feb. 17, Arizona’s state Senate Committee on Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility reportedly voted to ban public employees from cooperating with those mandates.
Because the two Democrats on the panel were absent, the vote on the measure was unanimous, the Arizona Daily Star reports. The resolution, also known as Senate Bill 1452, will now go to the state’s Senate.
Similar measures have been put forth in the state’s House of Representatives. House Bill 2024, which has the same intention as the measure passed on Feb. 17, was initially introduced by Republican State Rep. Mark Finchem in January.
“This wasn’t a response to the president’s latest overreach, but it has everything to do with it,” Finchem said, according to The Arizona Republic. "House Bill 2024 was simply written to get us back to three branches of government at the federal level that are working together instead of in spite of each other.”
Finchem, a former public safety officer, said states need to exercise their rights more frequently.
“If you torture the Constitution enough, you will get it to say anything," he said. "And that’s what we have today. The reason for House Bill 2024 is to take the Constitution out of the torture chamber and have Arizona stand up and say we are sovereign and we have expectations that you will live by the letter of the law and the Constitution.”
Republican State Sen. Sylvia Allen, who introduced Senate bill 1452, agreed with her colleague after the panel’s passage.
“President Obama needs to quit disrespecting our system of government,” she said, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
Allen added that Obama has a pattern of “abusing executive orders.”
“President Obama’s made it very clear that he can use the pen to bring about (changes) if Congress does not act as quickly as he wants them to,” she said.