Legislative Update.

Bogus Article V Telemarketing

We have received word that a telemarketer has been calling Arizona residents and erroneously claiming that AzCDL opposes HCR 2003, which calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention. For the record, AzCDL has no position or opinion on HCR 2003. Our primary focus is on Arizona state firearms related legislation.

We have been unable to determine who is behind this unscrupulous scam, and are unaware of any trustworthy national or state firearms organizations that are involved in the Article V issue. If you have been victimized by this telemarketer, or can shed any light on who they may be working for, please contact us immediately.

Failed Bills

February 20 marked the deadline for bills to be heard in committees in their originating chamber (House or Senate). Of the bills we are monitoring, 11 are effectively dead for the session. You can find them, along with all the bills we are monitoring, on our Bill Tracking page.

While the progress of a few good bills has ended, most of the really bad bills have bitten the dust. Most notably, four basically identical bills (HB 2118, HB 2601, HCR 2009 and SB 1269) that would criminalize private firearm transfers have ended their journey. From watching what is happening in other states, we expect this to mark the initiation of the Bloomberg financed “citizen initiative” process to get a gun owner registration measure on the 2016 ballot.

Bills Moving

HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact prohibiting member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law, squeaked out of the House MAPS Committee by a 5-4 vote on February19. This is a critical piece of legislation in our effort to derail Bloomberg’s gun owner registration scheme in Arizona. Republican Franklin Pratt (LD-8) voted with the committee’s Democrats against HB 2431.

HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), the AzCDL-requested bill which 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 MAPS Committee on Thursday, February 12. After voting for the passage of HB 2320, Representative Franklin Pratt has since stated his opposition to the bill.

HB 2509 (Rep. Kelly Townsend, LD-16), the AzCDL-requested bill which would add to the definition of aggravated assault the taking, or attempted taking, of any legally possessed firearm (other than by law enforcement), also passed out of the House MAPS committee on February 12.

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, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Government Committee on Wednesday, February 25.

Action Needed!

HB 2320 will soon be scheduled for a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing and HB 2509 is scheduled for a COW hearing on Monday, February 23. These bills need to pass out of the House COW before they can proceed to the Senate. If you have not already done so, now is the time to tell your Representatives to support HB 2320 and HB 2509 using AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center. Click here to send the emails we have prepared for you to send to your Representatives. You may send them as is or customize them with your comments.

Stay informed and up to date! The status and summaries of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page. It is updated daily throughout the session.

John Wentling

John Wentling

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