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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Your Legislators.
The passage of HB 2431 would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements greater than existing federal law. In essence, this would create a ceiling that state law could not exceed. Current federal law has no limitations on intrastate private party firearm transfers between law-abiding citizens.
Compacts between states supersede individual state law. An example of an interstate compact is the uniform recognition of drivers’ licenses. Assuming HB 2431 is enacted in Arizona and at least one other state becomes a party to the compact, a subsequent state law, or even a ballot measure, cannot override it.
It is time to for all of us to contact our State Senator and Representatives and ask them to support HB 2431 as it progresses though the legislative process. We cannot over emphasize how important it is to contact your legislators!
An email to your legislators has been prepared and is waiting for you at AzCDL’s Legislative Action Center. You may send it as is, or add your own comments. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make your voice heard. If you encounter any difficulties in sending your emails, please contact Fred.
The passage of HB 2431 is critical. Under Arizona’s Constitution, ballot measures are essentially unstoppable. As long as the petition signature gathering process is successful, a measure will appear on the ballot. The Legislature cannot prevent it. Once passed, a ballot measure is essentially permanent. The Legislature cannot override it. Only a subsequent ballot measure can override an existing ballot measure.
Bloomberg’s anti-rights groups are exploiting this weakness in several state constitutions. They spent over $10 Million on the passage of a ballot measure in Washington in 2014. They recently succeeded in gathering sufficient petition signatures in Nevada. As a result, they will see a gun owner registration scheme on their 2016 ballot. Following Nevada, they WILL come to Arizona. Opposition from national gun groups is tepid as best. They just cannot compete with Bloomberg’s deep pockets. It is up to US to stop this, and HB 2431 is one of the ways we can do this.
Please, send your emails to your legislators today. They are waiting for you here.