Bill to ban enforcement of federal gun laws fails in committee


LITTLE ROCK — A bill that would make it illegal to enforce federal gun laws in Arkansas failed to clear a House committee Thursday.

House Bill 1752 by Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, failed in a 6-5 vote in the House Judiciary Committee. It needed 11 votes to pass out to the House floor.

The bill seeks to prohibit the enforcement of federal restrictions created after Jan. 1, 2013, on guns owned or manufactured in Arkansas if they stay within the state’s borders.

It also would require the public defender’s office to defend any Arkansan charged with violating federal gun laws created after Jan. 1, 2013.

Ballinger said after the hearing he did not plan to try again with the bill. He said he filed it mainly to send a message to the federal government and said he is concerned that new federal gun restrictions may eventually lead to the government confiscating people’s guns.

“There are people in the federal government who would love to confiscate weapons,” he said.