Arizona AG Sues Biden Administration to Protect Second Amendment

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[Photo courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Commission]

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office submitted a complaint last week against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Acting Director of ATF. General Brnovich is co-leading a 17-state coalition, joining Morehouse Enterprises, Gun Owners of America, and Gun Owners Foundation to fight the Biden administration over the ATF’s unconstitutional rulemaking that would regulate firearm parts manufacturers.

According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the rulemaking seeks to, among other things, regulate unfinished, non-functional parts as if they were complete firearms. This threatens the American tradition of private firearms manufacturing that predates the Revolution.

In addition, the complaint alleges that ATF’s rulemaking takes steps toward the illegal creation of a national firearms registry. It would require firearms retailers to keep all sales records beyond their current 20-year retention requirement and eventually turn them over to the ATF instead of responsibly destroying them. This threatens the privacy of every gun owner in the country.

In August 2021, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich co-led a 20-state coalition in a comment letter rebuking a proposed rule that weakened the Second Amendment by giving the ATF power to regulate firearm parts.

Joining General Brnovich are the Attorneys General of West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming.

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