Yesterday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill into law prohibiting state and local enforcement of federal gun control by executive order. The enactment of this legislation takes a small step toward ending some federal acts that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms within the state.
Sen. Gerald Allen introduced Senate Bill 2 (SB2) on Jan. 11. The law prohibits any official, officer, employee, or agent of the state or a political subdivision of the state from enforcing or administering any executive order issued by the president that “limits or restricts the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories by law-abiding residents of the state.” The bill also bans the expenditure of state or local funds for the enforcement of the same.
In effect, the enactment of SB2 should ban state enforcement of President Trump’s bump stock ban, along with two ATF regulations from executive orders issued by Joe Biden to criminalize “pistol braces” and to require registration of popular “80 percent lowers” — homemade firearms. It would also bar state and local enforcement of any other future gun control schemes implemented by executive order.