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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.
Contact the House Leadership NOW!
Using the cover of the urgency of passing a budget bill, the House Leadership has sidelined key firearms legislation. While this sounds like a reasonable excuse on the surface, other bills that passed their House committees on the same day have already passed the House and been heard in their assigned Senate committees. With the March 20 final deadline to get these bills through the House and heard in Senate committees only two weeks away, it appears that they are caving in to special interest groups and trying to run out the clock while giving the illusion of supporting your rights.
The bills being sandbagged are HB 2320 and HB 2431. Both are AzCDL-requested bills.
HB 2320 (Rep. Brenda Barton, LD-6), would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property if their “security” is limited to the flimsy “no firearms” sign bureaucrats like to hide behind, but criminals ignore. Under the proposed law, everyone entering must be screened if agencies or political subdivisions choose to ban weapons on government property. HB 2320 is virtually identical to last year’s legislation, which sailed through the Legislature before being vetoed by outgoing Governor Brewer. It only needs a formal House Third Read floor vote to proceed to the Senate.
Also being sidelined is HB 2431 (Rep. Bob Thorpe, LD 6), which 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. This is a critical piece of legislation in our effort to derail Bloomberg’s upcoming gun owner registration scheme in Arizona. Being stopped this session would be viewed as a huge win for Bloomberg. Is that what the supposedly pro-rights Leadership really wants? HB 2431 needs both a House Committee of the Whole (COW) hearing and Third Read vote to proceed, and time is rapidly running out.
Newsflash! As this was being drafted, HB 2431 has finally been scheduled for a House COW hearing on Monday, March 9.
It was largely due to the thousands of emails from AzCDL members and supporters that enabled these bills to progress as far as they have. Now, it’s time to urge the House Leadership to schedule HB 2320 for a Third Read vote and to schedule HB 2431 for Third Read following the COW hearing. Time is of the essence. They need to understand that there is significant grassroots support for these bills. Click here to send the emails we have prepared for you to send to the House Leadership. You may send them as is, or customize them with your comments. Now is the time to voice your opinion. It only takes a few mouse clicks to make a difference.
The status and summaries of these and other bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page. It is updated daily throughout the session.