Lawmakers from the U.S. state of Arizona announced on Tuesday that members of the local legislature will vote on a measure which if approved would ignore the recent executive actions by President Barack Obama to ensure stricter gun control.
The legislative measure, which was introduced by Republican lawmakers, prohibits state and local governments from using financial resources to implement any presidential executive order, federal agency policy or U.S. Supreme Court opinion that “is not in pursuance of the Constitution.”
The move comes after President Barack Obama issued a set of executive actions that will require businesses selling firearms to get a license, implement background checks, and expand background checks to some citizens, including those with mental health concerns and those with a criminal or violent past.
The government will also put more resources into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hire more people to make the application process faster and more efficient.
In response to the action, Arizona Representative Mark Finchem vowed to fight against Obama's executive actions on gun control by introducing a bill that aims to maintain gun ownership laws.
“We are seeing a level of violence brought on by armed individuals who are excited about an ideology to act out on,” he said. "We have a God-given right to protect ourselves by any means necessary."
However, a recent study carried out by Violence Policy Center or VPC revealed that states with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation.
The study also found that states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation.
“Year after year, the evidence is clear that states with fewer guns and strong gun laws have far lower rates of gun deaths,” VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand stated.