Montana governor signs bill nullifying federal gun bans

Montana Gov. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteBipartisan governors press Biden administration on Canadian border restrictions Overnight Energy: Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections | Biden to return to pre-Obama water protections | Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires MORE (R) on Friday signed a bill nullifying federal gun bans.

“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. 

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The bill says that local and state authorities cannot enforce federal bans on guns, ammunition and magazines, The Associated Press reported.

It also prohibits state funding from being used to uphold any sort of gun ban that might come from the federal government.

The governor signed the legislation as President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE has made moves through executive orders to crack down on “ghost guns” and implement red flag laws.

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Many Democrats have been pushing for a ban on assault weapons as well, but with a split Senate, it will be difficult to pass legislation to do so.

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, AP noted.

Democrats and Republicans have been split on how to address gun violence as the country has seen more than 147 mass shootings this year.