The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would make the Badger State a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”
Assembly Bill 293 was passed on a voice vote.
It seeks to provide “restrictions on enforcing federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition, (and) the use of public resources to confiscate firearms.”
A firearm that is produced or owned in the state of Wisconsin and does not leave the state, according to the bill’s text, would not be subject to federal regulation.
The legislation seems to cite the start of the Biden presidency as a factor stating prohibition “from enforcing a federal act, law, statute, rule, regulation, treaty, or order that takes effect on or after January 1, 2021.”
Those federal acts would include any that “bans or restricts semi-automatic firearms, assault weapons, or magazines,” “requires
registration of firearms … regulates the capacity of magazines,” or “regulates the quantity of ammunition or bullets an individual.”
The bill is unlikely to be signed by Democrat governor Tony Evers, who has been pushing for more gun regulations rather than fewer.
The Wisconsin State Senate attempting to turn their state into a Second Amendment sanctuary is following the lead of other Republican-led states that have successfully done the same.
In April, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a law designed to protect firearm owners in the state from further federal legislation on gun control.
The bill, Ducey explained, is meant as “a proactive law for what is possible to come out of the Biden administration.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott heralded Arizona’s efforts and said he’s also “seeking” to provide Texas with “a law to defy any new federal gun control laws.”
“It will make Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” he tweeted.
In May, the Texas Senate advanced a bill that will allow Texans to carry a handgun without any form of license. It was signed by Abbott and will take effect in September, making Texas the largest state to allow permitless carry – what supporters refer to as “constitutional carry.”
All of this comes with the backdrop of Biden making highly controversial remarks about pro-Second Amendment advocates in a speech about gun control on Wednesday.
“If you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons,” Biden scoffed.
“The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own,” continued the President. “You couldn’t buy a cannon.”
Biden made similar remarks in April when he called for banning ‘assault weapons’ and ‘high-capacity magazines,’ insisting that “no amendment to the constitution is absolute.”
President Biden has nominated David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a man who has argued in favor of a “well-regulated” Second Amendment.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) announced legislation that would abolish the ATF “to protect ALL gun owners across this country from a tyrannical, power-hungry group of bureaucrats whose goal is to destroy our Second Amendment rights.”
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday split along party lines over whether to advance Chipman’s nomination, something Reuters contends “will require Senate Democrats to jump through some procedural hurdles” but “is not an insurmountable roadblock.”
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