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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IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT!

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.

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