Republicans in Montana approved a bill that prohibits the federal government from enforcing federal laws on guns, ammunition and magazines. Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) signed the bill into law on Friday, his office said on Twitter.
“Today, I proudly signed Rep. Hinkle’s law prohibiting federal overreach into our Second Amendment-protected rights, including any federal ban on firearms,” Gianforte tweeted.
“I will always protect our #2A right to keep and bear arms,” the governor added.
The legislation bars local and state authorities from enforcing federal bans on guns, ammunition and magazines. It also prohibits state funding from being used to uphold any sort of gun ban that might come from the federal government.
The move came as President Biden has made moves through executive orders to crack down on “ghost guns” and implement red flag laws.
Those who support the bill say it protects the Second Amendment, while those who oppose it say it will make it more difficult for local and state officials to work with federal authorities on issues beyond the gun debate.
Democrats and Republicans have been split on how to address gun violence as the country has seen more than 147 mass shootings this year.