AZCDL Action Alert February 6, 2015

Contact Your Legislators.

HB 2431 provides our best opportunity to derail the coming Bloomberg financed ballot measure to establish gun owner registration in Arizona before it happens.

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.


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AZCDL Legislative Update Jan 30, 2015

Legislative Update

At the end of the third week of the Legislature, the number of bills filled is a few shy of 1,000. Monday, February 2, is the deadline for Senate bills to be filed and February 9 is the deadline for House bills to be filed. 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.

Hearing scheduled

HB 2320 (Brenda Barton, LD-6), which would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government property unless every person entering is screened for weapons, is scheduled for a House Military and Public Safety (MAPS) Committee hearing on Thursday, February 5. At this point we do not feel it necessary to contact the committee leadership or members about HB 2320. AzCDL’s representatives will be present at the hearing and available to provide any necessary testimony.

More pro-rights bills filed this week

SB 1291 (Steve Smith, LD-11) would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when political subdivisions (state agencies, counties, cities, etc.) disregard state firearm preemption statues. Currently a political subdivision can ignore the law with impunity.

SB 1330 (Kelli Ward, LD-5) would make any future federal acts that violate the Second Amendment invalid in Arizona. State and local law enforcement would be prohibited from enforcing, or assisting in the enforcement of, federal actions that violate the Second Amendment.

Steady drumbeat from those who want to disarm you

This week saw the filing of another “background check” bill, this time in the Senate. SB 1269 contains identical language to HB 2118 and HCR 2014. Each of these bills would criminalize private firearm transfers, the prelude to establishing gun owner registration and firearms confiscation.

Criminalizing gun ownership is the theme from the anti-rights crowd this year. Bloomberg’s marionettes in Arizona are mimicking what is happening in Nevada – push “expanded background” legislation while setting the stage for a ballot measure in the 2016 election.

In Nevada, the petition gathering process for their ballot measure has already been completed. Their next stop is Arizona. This is a well-orchestrated effort that exploits a weakness in the constitutions of several Western states, including Arizona. Defeating this attack requires gun owners to get involved across the state. Help AzCDL spread the word. Share this email. Tell your friends. We can stop this!

Stay informed and up to date! The status of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.

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