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Video: Arizona Lawmakers Debate Whether God Gave Americans Gun Rights

Arizonans, here's a video of your lawmakers at work, debating whether God is responsible for letting you have guns.

This debate took place late last week as the Arizona House of Representatives voted on a pair of gun-related bills, and Democratic Representative Sally Ann Gonzales took exception to Republican Representative Eddie Farnsworth's assertion that gun ownership is a right bestowed upon the people by God.

Gonzales pointed out that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were created by men, and Farnsworth eventually pulled out the Declaration of Independence for his defense.

And still it went on, with Gonzales pointing out that God apparently wasn't too keen on handing out these rights to black and Native American folks in America's earlier stages.

Between this back-and-forth -- which actually took place over the course of about 50 minutes, despite the actual arguments taking up less than five minutes -- another pair of legislators also chimed in, with Democratic Representative Bruce Wheeler and Republican Representative Sonny Borrelli also chiming in.

The Republican-controlled House did indeed pass the two gun bills, House Bill 2320 and HB 2431.

According to a House fact-sheet, HB 2320, "Exempts a person who has a valid concealed carry permit from having to forfeit his or her weapon upon entering a public establishment, excluding a vehicle or craft, or a public event if requested to do so by the owner or sponsor unless security personnel or metal detectors are provided," among other things.

HB 2431 creates a "Uniform Firearms Transfer Compact."

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