Leg­is­la­ture to pro­tect your guns (yet again)

The Arizona Republic - - Valley&State - Laurie Roberts Colum­nist Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

Good news for Ari­zo­nans con­tem­plat­ing bankruptcy.

You may lose your buy­ing power, but you won’t lose your fire­power.

The Ari­zona Leg­is­la­ture has passed a bill de­cree­ing that you can’t be forced to sell your beloved guns in or­der to pay your bills.

Cur­rently, a per­son fil­ing for pro­tec­tion from his or her cred­i­tors can keep only one gun. The rest must be sold to pay off at least a por­tion of what you owe.

House Bill 2211 would al­low a bankrupt per­son to keep $2,000 worth of guns — $4,000 for a cou­ple.

You can keep only $500 worth of clothes and no more than $250 worth of books, but you’ll be able to keep roughly four AR-15s, if Gov. Doug Ducey signs the bill.

Eight, if you hap­pen to be mar­ried. Ap­par­ently, it’s one thing to live within your means but cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment to be or­dered to live with­out an en­tire arse­nal at your dis­posal.

The bill is the brain­child of the Ari­zona Cit­i­zens De­fense League, which ac­tu­ally wanted no limit on the num­ber of guns you could keep de­spite be­ing bankrupt. It is spon­sored by none other than Sen. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. Or, as I like to call him, the Thor­pedo, given the im­pres­sive num­ber of bad ideas he launches.

Thorpe re­cently told 12News’ Brahm Res­nik that no bankruptcy judge should be able to pry a gun out of your cold, bankrupt hands.

"The Sec­ond Amend­ment,” he said, “is the only amend­ment that says the gov­ern­ment shall not in­fringe upon the own­er­ship of firearms.”

A con­sti­tu­tional right to guns you may not even have paid for?

Folks, only in Ari­zona. Ap­par­ently, it’s one thing to live within your means but cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment to be or­dered to live with­out an en­tire arse­nal at your dis­posal.

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