Arizona Governor Signs Blockchain Gun Bill

Blockchain, News, Regulation | April 21, 2017 By:

A bill that would prevent blockchain technology from being used to track information about firearms and their use has been signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

First filed by Arizona state representative Paul Boyer in January, HB 2216 will prevent anyone other than law enforcement agencies from using blockchain technology for recording information about firearms ownership and usage, including automatic electronic reporting whenever a gun is fired.

The bill was designed to address concerns that firearms manufacturers or retailers could move toward using Electronic Firearm Tracking Technology as a method of gun control.

The bill states: “For the purposes of this section, ‘Electronic Firearm Tracking Technology’ means a platform, system or group of systems or devices that uses a shared ledger, distributed ledger or block chain technology or similar form of technology or electronic database for the purpose of storing information in a decentralized or centralized way, that is not owned or controlled by any single person or entity and that is used to locate or control the use of a firearm.”

The state senate passed the bill earlier this month with a vote of 17-12, with one member abstaining. Earlier this week, the state’s House of Representatives gave the measure its nod with a 34-24 vote, after which the bill was sent to Gov. Ducey for signature.

This is the second bill that Gov. Ducey has signed into law that focuses on blockchain technology. Late last month, the Governor signed bill HB 2417 into law. This law clarifies some of the enforceability issues associated with the use of blockchain and smart contracts under Arizona law.