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Lawmaker sponsors bill to shield Alabamians from federal firearms laws

House Bill 337 would prohibit state and local agencies from enforcing some federal firearms laws.

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An Alabama lawmaker is seeking to shield Alabamians from state or local government enforcement of federal firearms laws as part of the “Alabama Firearms Protection Act.”

House Bill 337, sponsored by state Rep. Shane Stringer, R-Mobile, “would prohibit state and local government agencies from enforcing any presidential executive order or future federal law that ‘regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories.'”

“Despite the fact that our nation was built upon the promise of the Second Amendment, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are determined to attack our fundamental gun rights and erode our ability to own various firearms,” Stringer said. “The Alabama Firearms Protection Act will ensure that state and local law enforcement resources cannot be used to enforce any gun control laws or executive orders that might be enacted on the federal level.”

Stringer previously served as chief of the Citronelle and Satsuma police departments in Mobile County.

The bill would further prohibit any state elected official or government employee from enforcing such orders, laws or directives, as well. In addition to firearms and ammunition, Stringer’s law would also protect magazines, scopes, laser sights, stocks, grips, suppressors and other assorted firearms accessories.

Failure to follow the law could result in an elected official or agency being taken to court by the Alabama attorney general and forced to comply by judicial order. Those agencies could also be denied state appropriations, grants and other funding for violating the Alabama Firearms Protection Act.

Stringer’s legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Liberal governments in blue states have similar prohibitions against cooperating with federal immigration laws.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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