Arizona Considers Spending $1.9 Million On State Militia

Last year, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that establishes an armed, volunteer state militia separate from Arizona’s National Guard that the governor could call on for “any…reason the governor considers to be necessary.” Now, the Republican-controlled legislature is considering a bill to provide $1.9 million in funding for the militia — $500,000 in one-time funding and $1.4 million a year from a gang task force fund. Arizona joins 23 other states that have active guards, but it would be the first state to station a state guard at the border if its militia focuses on border patrol.