AZCDL Legislative Update Mar. 14, 2015

Legislative Update.

We thank everyone who took the time to contact the House Leadership about HB 2320 and HB 2431. You made a big difference with your emails! Both bills were swiftly scheduled for hearings and floor votes and passed out of the House on Thursday, March 11. They are now awaiting action in the Senate.

When legislation switches chambers (e.g., House to Senate), the committee hearing and vote process starts all over. The deadline for all House bills to be heard in Senate committees and all Senate bills to be heard in House committees is less than a week away on Friday, March 20. HB 2320 and HB 2431 have been put on the Wednesday, March 18 agenda of the Senate Public Safety, Military and Technology (PSMT) Committee pending official committee assignment by the Senate Leadership, which is expected on Monday, March 16.

The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page. The following is the status of key legislation we are supporting.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, passed out of the House on March 11 and was sent to the Senate. It was sent to the Senate where it awaits committee assignment.

HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact restricting member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law also passed out of the House on March 11. It was sent to the Senate where it awaits committee assignment.

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill that would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), passed out of the House and was sent to the Senate on February 24. It passed out of the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, March 4 by a 4 to 3 vote. It is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

HB 2527 (Rep. Anthony Kern, LD-20), the AzCDL-requested bill that would strengthen state firearms preemption by prohibiting local and state agency regulation of firearm transfers, passed out of the Senate Government Committee on February 25 and the Senate Rules Committee on March 4. Next stop is the Senate Committee of the Whole (COW).

SB 1291 (Senator Steve Smith, LD-11), which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues, passed out of the Senate and was sent to the House on February 25. It passed out of the House Military Affairs and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee on March 12.

SB 1330 (Senator Kelli Ward, LD-5), which would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona, passed out of the Senate on March 11 and was sent to the House where it was assigned to the MAPS Committee.

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John Wentling

John Wentling

Vice President / Policy Adviser Arizona Citizens Defense League Chairman Arizona Citizens Defense League PAC